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The Black Death and the Transformation of the West By David Herlihy,

  • Title: The Black Death and the Transformation of the West
  • Author: David Herlihy
  • ISBN: 9780674076136
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Black Death was the great watershed in medieval history In this compact book, David Herlihy makes bold yet subtle and subversive inquiries that challenge historical thinking about this disastrous period As in a finely tuned detective story, he upturns intriguing bits of epidemiological evidence And, looking beyond the view of the Black Death as unmitigated catastropThe Black Death was the great watershed in medieval history In this compact book, David Herlihy makes bold yet subtle and subversive inquiries that challenge historical thinking about this disastrous period As in a finely tuned detective story, he upturns intriguing bits of epidemiological evidence And, looking beyond the view of the Black Death as unmitigated catastrophe, Herlihy sees in it the birth of technological advance as societies struggled to create labor saving devices in the wake of population losses New evidence for the plague s role in the establishment of universities, the spread of Christianity, the dissemination of vernacular cultures, and even the rise of nationalism demonstrates that this cataclysmic event marked a true turning point in history.
    The Black Death and the Transformation of the West The Black Death was the great watershed in medieval history In this compact book David Herlihy makes bold yet subtle and subversive inquiries that challenge historical thinking about this disastrous

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    1. A very odd book because the introduction lays out and argues with the book before we ve read it Since this is an exceptionally short book maybe 60 pages without the back material and the intro I figure it was probably an effort to make the book longer I think it would have been better served by a concluding chapter by the author of the introduction Nothing Herlihy writes seemed so radical as to cause the dragging out of old lectures and putting together of a book But the book is pretty old I fou [...]

    2. David Herlihy s revisionist work, The Black Death and the Transformation of the West, would have inevitably been cached away and forgotten a fate that most miscellaneous intellectual writings face when their authors pass away Luckily for historians, Herlihy s work, consisting of three unpublished essays about the Black Death, has survived intact and in many ways has been improved upon by Professor Samuel K Cohn s authoritative analysis As Cohn s extremely helpful, albeit critical introduction ex [...]

    3. This book completely changed the way I thought about the Black Death Cohn basically argues that the Black Death was not, in fact, what we think of now as the Bubonic Plague, but he is wise enough not to try to say exactly what it was a few years prior, another historian had tried to argue that it was anthrax, and was shot down pretty hard.Cohn presents a good case that the disease that we know was spread by fleas on rats and trust me, almost everyone I talk about the Black Death with knows this [...]

    4. Having read so many end of the world scifi books and having watched so many zombie apocalypse type movies, it was interesting and somewhat humbling to read about a very real apocalypse Presented in three lectures that examined different aspects of the plague, it definitely makes you wonder how civilization would transform if another event of this magnitude occurred today.

    5. Interesting use of sources, bold conclusions and unfortunately wrongThis short book is actually three chapters 1 Bubonic Plague Historical Epidemiology and the Medical Problems2 The New Economic and Demographic System3 Modes of Thought and FeelingIn the first chapter Herlihy attempts to trace the cause s of the plague back through the Chinese epidemic in 1894 to the Medieval plagues of 1347 8 He questions the main culprit Yersinia Pestis and proposes, based on descriptive evidence from the victi [...]

    6. A decent triplet of essays regarding the Black Death Less enjoyable than Defoe s Journal of the Plague Year , which while fictionalized, has the benefit of drawing vividly from first hand accounts of the 1666 plague The Herlihy essays suffer from a labored analogy with the AIDS epidemic, marking its mid 1990s inception and limiting its argument The AIDS epidemic could hardly be said to be transformational in the same way Ultimately this preoccupation renders the final work unnecessarily politica [...]

    7. This was a very concise and engaging examination of the economic, social, political, and religious effects of the Black Death Herlihy hints at parallels between these effects in the late middle ages and the AIDS crisis that was ongoing when the book was published, but the links between the two are hinted at rather than fully explicated Herlihy does a good job of demonstrating the lasting effects that this profound crisis had on Europe, many of which are still felt today.

    8. This is a very informative and quick read, separated into three essays each tackling the different effects of the plague on Europe A good introduction to the subject.

    9. The book is good, if a bit dated In the first essay he proposes, IIRC, that the Bubonic Plague was probably several different and maybe opportunistic diseases based on the lack of consensus among contemporary sources over the symptoms of the disease.However, in October 2010, a multinational team of scientists found tested for DNA and protein signatures specific for Y pestis in human skeletons from widely distributed mass graves in northern, central and southern Europe that were associated archae [...]

    10. I think the premise is very interesting, but wish that the author had explored it deeply It s a very short book, with an extensive notes section I originally heard about it because I m a fan of The Walking Dead, and the new season 3 character, The Governor The actor that plays him, David Morrissey, mentioned the book in an interview The Governor has a vision of remaking the world in the aftermath of the Walker epidemic, and Morrissey noted it was a kind of thinking along the lines of post plagu [...]

    11. E.H Carr in his book What Is History suggested that every written history can tell the reader about two different subjects the one the author was writing about in this case the Black Death in Europe and the concerns of the author s time and place in this case the AIDS crisis in America Read through that lens, this is a fascinating work It s also got a sick academic burn, when Herlihy refers to another historian s work as rich in theory but not in data Oooooooooooooh But this is just a lightly ed [...]

    12. A little dry but a new way of looking at an old subject considering our own society and the threat of epidemics and new diseases being created, Mr Herlihy left stacks of research notes and three lectures ungiven when he passed He studied medieval times and found some interesting ideas on how the plague changed the way of life for all time The lectures focus on different themes He explores what causes an epidemic and tries to pinpoint what kind of illness was really being dealt with as some assum [...]

    13. The first chapter is pretty outdated because of what science has now told us about the plague but that doesn t make it a useless read.Unlike a lot of academic books, this was very accessible to a first year UG history student with it being a short, easy and interesting read Fortunately, only a couple of words tripped me up and had me looking through dictionaries such as, augurative Great introductory read though, the idea of the plague breaking the Malthusian deadlock and paving the way for rene [...]

    14. I had to read this book for a course, so I wasn t quite sure what to expect The author takes quite a different view on the plague than most experts He says that the Black Death wasn t the bubonic plague He points to the social mobility that occurred because of the plague And, he says that, due to naming records, Christianity grew.While many of his claims are dubious and not exactly sound, they did make me think The most interesting part for me was the introduction, where a student of the author [...]

    15. Interesting and thought provoking, especially about the social dimensions The irony is that the preface underlines it s credibility by calling a lot of facts into question The core idea centres around pre plague Europe existing on a progress styming maximum of population density The allusions to AIDS were a reminder of how thinking in the developed world has changed in the last 15 years.This book could do with an author profile.

    16. A useful book for introducing students to Medieval historiography Short Which the students like Just enough detail to keep the pace moving along A little heavy on demographics I always start to glaze over during those parts, so I can only imagine what my students do But then that s a valuable teaching point also the scholarly passion for demography Feels a little dated now in terms of the cultural connections it makes Over all, a lovely little meditation on doing history.

    17. This was required reading for a class, but it was good I have always been fascinated by history, and this book gave me another look at an era that I find somewhat horrifying Still, it was very interesting The most intriguing part is not the death toll or the disease itself, but how people reacted to it This book did well in explaining how the social landscape changed as a result of such a catastrophe.

    18. This short book contains three previously unpublished lectures presented in the mid 80s by medieval scholar David Herlihy, edited and introduced by Samuel Cohn, Jr Although much of the research has been overtaken by later work the essays are worth reading for Herlihy s conceptualization of the plague and its effect on medieval society The notes are complete and carefully annotated with recent scholarship on the issues discussed.

    19. Very thought provoking short read about the effects of the plague The author has a differing view of what disease the plague actually was compared to most historians I found the research and use of naming patterns to prove the increase of Christianity to be very exciting since I like to use naming patterns in my genealogical research.

    20. This book is really not about the black plague itself, it is about the effects of the black plague and the changes that took place because of the plague I think to really understand this book it would be wise to have read a book or be knowledgeable of the events that happened during the black plague The writing style is very complicated and difficult to understand.

    21. The first part was quite interesting But once he started spouting off and endless stream of numbers and figures he lost me.

    22. Brief but fantastic collection of Herlihy s work on the Black Death and the societal transformations it stimulated in Europe.

    23. Concise, but still firmly grounded in the reports of those who lived during the waves of the plague Excellent choice for those seeking a quick history of Europe during the Black Death.

    24. You could read this book in half a day before a dinner party, then delight and disgust your friends with Plague trivia and sound like you have vast stores of knowledge about it.

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