Plague

ISBN-10: 0199589542
ISBN-13: 9780199589548
Edition: 2012
Authors: Paul Slack
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Description: ThisVery Short Introductionexplores the historical impact of plague over the centuries, the ways in which it has been interpreted, and the powerful images it has left behind in art and literature. Paul Slack assesses its causes, which have often  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

ThisVery Short Introductionexplores the historical impact of plague over the centuries, the ways in which it has been interpreted, and the powerful images it has left behind in art and literature. Paul Slack assesses its causes, which have often been disputed and are now being illuminated by microbiologists and archaeologists, and he looks at possible reasons for its periodic disappearance from whole continents. He shows what plague meant for those who suffered from it, and how governments began to fight against it and in doing so invented modern notions of public health. His focus throughout the book is on how people coped with death and disease in epidemic crises.

Introduction
Plague: What's in a name?
Pandemics and epidemics
Big Impacts: The black death
Private horrors
Public health
Enduring images
The lessons of histories
References
Further Reading

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