Plague and its Consequences

Samuel Kline Cohn

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:
Plague and its Consequences

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Although the character of the disease has recently stirred much controversy, the consequences of the Black Death and plagues—demographic, economic, social, and cultural—have embroiled historians in debate for a century or more. Some historians have seen the Black Death as a sharp turning point, accounting for many subsequent events and trends in Western civilization, even those that occurred many years afterward, such as the Reformation. Others have downplayed the Black Death’s effects, seeing them at best as only accelerating trends already well in train, originating with developments such as urbanization that reach back to the 13th century. Nonetheless, the question of the Black Death’s impact on history has concerned historians across a broad range of disciplines—demography, economics, religious studies, and psychology—employing different methods and sources.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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