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The Black Death And The Transformation Of The West Essay

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David Herlihy, The Black Death and the Transformation of the West (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997)
“The work of a mature, indeed brilliant, scholar…” are a few words from Thomas Kuehn, author of Law, Family, and Women, describing David Herlihy’s profession on his work of the Black Death. David Herlihy was a remarkable medievalist who questioned the inference of the Black Death, the Yersinia Pestis or the bubonic plague. Herlihy has written several other books about his work, one well-known book is Medieval Households (1985). Herlihy graduated in the colleges of Yale University and the University of San Francisco, although there was no specific majors or degrees he has received. He taught has a professor in Barnaby Conrad, Mary Critchfield, and in Brown University. Herlihy was not born during the black death, but he has studied and looked thoroughly of the history of the Black Death; he has much knowledge to be writing about the medieval times. The type of this book is economic, social and cultural history. The thesis of the book is the importance of how the black death developed of Western Europe and the transition from medieval to modern “system” of behavior. As the thesis states, and the title of the book tells everything of what Hearlihy main point; the “...Transformation of the West”. He proved that the bubonic plague may not have been the effect of the Black death, he proved that the Black Death broke the Malthusian deadlock, lastly he proved that the
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