Historiography Of The Black Death

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The Black Death, the plague that ravished Europe has been a topic that has intrigued historians for generations. During the events of the bubonic plague, almost a third of Europe’s population succumbed to the deadly disease. The devastation didn’t end there the economy and agriculture system took a major decline as an after effect as well. There are many historians who have examined the topic in detail. David Herlihy Author of The Black Death and the Transformation of the West examines the devastating effects caused by the Bubonic Plague of the 1300’s. Author of The Black Death Phillip Ziegler focuses more on the events leading up to the plague, and all the factors that made it the perfect storm of destruction. While The Great Mortality by John Kelly explores the reactions of those who attempted to combat the disease and the measures they took to contain the outbreak. Much like The Great Mortality the article by Kira Newman Shutt Up: Bubonic Plague and Quarantine in Early Modern England focuses on not only how the epidemic was treated but more specifically how it was quarantined. Finally, John Aberth examines the hysteria that the bubonic plague created in The Black Death the Great Mortality of 1384-1350 and how it fueled the fear caused by the deadly disease.
The Black Death and the Transformation of the West while full of undisputed historical knowledge is not without changes to the understood history of the plague. In one-point Herlihy argues that it is
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