Plague: A Very Short Introduction

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Plague: A Very Short Introduction

Plague: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Paul Slack
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199589542
  • Category: History
  • Page: 138
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In this very short introduction, Paul Slack explores the historical and cultural impact of plague over the centuries. He examines not only its identity, causes, and effects, but also how it changed the lives of those who suffered from it, and the important impact it had on our notions of public health

Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence

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Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence

Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence

From Ancient Times to the Present

  • Author: George C. Kohn
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • ISBN: 1438129238
  • Category: Electronic books
  • Page: 529
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Tracing the history of infectious diseases from the Philistine plague of 11th century BCE to recent SARS and avian flu scares, this volume provides descriptions of more than 700 epidemics, listed alphabetically by location of the outbreak.

The Plague

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The Plague

The Plague

  • Author: Albert Camus
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141395214
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease: some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few, like Dr Rieux, resist the terror. An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is in part an allegory of France's suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence. An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is in part an allegory of France's suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.

The Great Plague

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The Great Plague

The Great Plague

  • Author: Stephen Porter
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • ISBN: 1848680872
  • Category: History
  • Page: 192
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Offers a narrative history of the Great Plague which struck England in 1665-66. This title is illustrated with over 80 contemporary images.

In the Wake of the Plague

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In the Wake of the Plague

In the Wake of the Plague

The Black Death and the World It Made

  • Author: Norman F. Cantor
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439136025
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the final, awful end by respiratory failure -- are more or less accurate. But what the Plague really was, and how it made history, remain shrouded in a haze of myths. Norman Cantor, the premier historian of the Middle Ages, draws together the most recent scientific discoveries and groundbreaking historical research to pierce the mist and tell the story of the Black Death afresh, as a gripping, intimate narrative. In the Wake of the Plague presents a microcosmic view of the Plague in England (and on the continent), telling the stories of the men and women of the fourteenth century, from peasant to priest, and from merchant to king. Cantor introduces a fascinating cast of characters. We meet, among others, fifteen-year-old Princess Joan of England, on her way to Spain to marry a Castilian prince; Thomas of Birmingham, abbot of Halesowen, responsible for his abbey as a CEO is for his business in a desperate time; and the once-prominent landowner John le Strange, who sees the Black Death tear away his family's lands and then its very name as it washes, unchecked, over Europe in wave after wave. Cantor argues that despite the devastation that made the Plague so terrifying, the disease that killed more than 40 percent of Europe's population had some beneficial results. The often literal demise of the old order meant that new, more scientific thinking increasingly prevailed where church dogma had once reigned supreme. In effect, the Black Death heralded an intellectual revolution. There was also an explosion of art: tapestries became popular as window protection against the supposedly airborne virus, and a great number of painters responded to the Plague. Finally, the Black Death marked an economic sea change: the onset of what Cantor refers to as turbocapitalism; the peasants who survived the Plague thrived, creating Europe's first class of independent farmers. Here are those stories and others, in a tale of triumph coming out of the darkest horror, wrapped up in a scientific mystery that persists, in part, to this day. Cantor's portrait of the Black Death's world is pro-vocative and captivating. Not since Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror have medieval men and women been brought so vividly to life. The greatest popularizer of the Middle Ages has written the period's most fascinating narrative.

Plague and Pestilence

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Plague and Pestilence

Plague and Pestilence

A History of Infectious Disease

  • Author: Linda Jacobs Altman
  • Publisher: Enslow Pub Incorporated
  • ISBN: 9780894909573
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 128
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Traces the battles that societies have waged against infectious diseases from the Black Death of the fourteenth century to the Ebola virus of more recent times.

Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-century China

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Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-century China

Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-century China

  • Author: Carol Ann Benedict
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780804726610
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 256
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This book, the first work in English on the history of disease in China, traces an epidemic of bubonic plague that began in Yunnan province in the late eighteenth century, spread throughout much of southern China in the nineteenth century, and eventually exploded on the world scene as a global pandemic at the end of the century. The author finds the origins of the pandemic in Qing economic expansion, which brought new populations into contact with plague-bearing animals along China’s southwestern frontier. She shows how the geographic diffusion of the disease closely followed the growth of interregional trading networks, particularly the domestic trade in opium, during the nineteenth century. A discussion of foreign interventions during plague outbreaks along China’s southern coast links the history of plague to the political impact of imperialism on China, and to the ways in which European cultural representations of the Chinese influenced the theory and practice of colonial medicine.

The Last Plague in the Baltic Region 1709-1713

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The Last Plague in the Baltic Region 1709-1713

The Last Plague in the Baltic Region 1709-1713

  • Author: Karl-Erik Frandsen
  • Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
  • ISBN: 8763507706
  • Category: History
  • Page: 537
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The Last Plague in the Baltic Region, 1709-1713 offers a thorough description and analysis of the terrible plague epidemic that ravaged the Baltic region in the years between 1709 and 1713 ? at the same time when the region was razed by the Great Northern War (1700-?21). Sweden under Carolus XII had lost its supremacy, and Russia under Peter the Great emerged as the new major power in the region. With the marching armies came the plague and its effects, which were particularly devastating, since it hit a population already weakened by famines and desolation caused by the war. Drawing on substantial documentation in city and state archives, the study addresses a range of important discussions touching on the far-reaching consequences of the plague across the region: including mortality rates, symptoms of the disease, treatments, how the disease spread, why some parishes, villages, houses and families were particularly hard hit, the measures taken by the authorities to confine the epidemic and the reactions of people to these measures. Offering detailed information of the plague's demographic and economic consequences, as well as tragic accounts of its victims, this volume constitutes a fascinating synthesis and assessment of a devastating chapter in the region's history.

The Great Plague

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The Great Plague

The Great Plague

The Story of London's Most Deadly Year

  • Author: A. Lloyd Moote,Dorothy C. Moote
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 9780801892301
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 384
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Underscoring the human dimensions of the epidemic, Lloyd and Dorothy Moote dramatically recast the history of the Great Plague and offer a masterful portrait of a city and its inhabitants besieged by—and defiantly resisting—unimaginable horror.

The Plague

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The Plague

The Plague

  • Author: Lawrence Andrews
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
  • ISBN: 1502600870
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 64
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Each year, between 1,000 and 2,000 cases of the bubonic plague are reported around the world—a modern strain of the “black death” that killed millions during the Middle Ages. Learn about what the plague is, where it came from, and what it might mean for humanity today.