Plague a very short introduction paul slack on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this very short introduction explores the historical impact of plague over the centuries the ways in which it has been interpreted. Plague a very short introduction paul slack very short introductions explores the historical impact of the plague over the centuries focussing on how people coped with the disease and how governments fought it examines the impact of plague on settlements local histories art and literature and in film. In the concluding chapter of this book author paul slack says histories of plague have only modest lessons to offer he means that studying the three main plague outbreaks in recorded history cannot offer us a definitive prescription for avoiding or dealing with future pandemics whether or not of plague. Paul slack is emeritus professor of early modern social history at oxford university and author of a classic study of the impact of plague in tudor and stuart england routledge 1985 oup 1990. 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
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