Essay Review ID: CBB548596998

Beyond Eurocentric Histories of Plague (2017)


Over the past decade, historians of plague and public health have witnessed a flurry of publications addressing the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean world. This essay will discuss three recent monographs that examine plague and responses to it in three port cities of the Mediterranean world: Dubrovnik (Ragusa), Venice, and Seville. Each of these books makes an important contribution to the existing historical scholarship and, together, they represent critical changes that are taking place in the field of plague studies. In what follows, I will survey each work with respect to the broader historiographical trends it follows, the topics it covers, and the sources it uses. I will then seek to establish points of connection between the three works, while discussing issues of contention, consensus, and areas that remain open to further development within the larger historiography of plague and public health.

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Book Zlata Blazina Tomic; Vesna Blazina (2015) Expelling the Plague: The Health Office and the Implementation of Quarantine in Dubrovnik, 1377-1533. unapi

Book Crawshaw, Jane L. Stevens (2012) Plague Hospitals: Public Health for the City in Early Modern Venice. unapi

Book Bowers, Kristy Wilson (2013) Plague and Public Health in Early Modern Seville. unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Henderson, John
Cohn, Samuel K., Jr.
Lehfeldt, Elizabeth A.
McCormick, Michael A.
Nutton, Vivian
Erkoreka, Anton
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Medicina Historica
Cambridge University Press
Houghton Mifflin
The Wellcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine at University College London
Rowman & Littlefield
Johns Hopkins University Press
Ashgate Publishing
Public health
Disease and diseases
Medicine and society
Argelati, Francesco
Sacchetti, Franco
Malespini, Celio
Sercambi, Giovanni
Boccaccio, Giovanni
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
15th century
Mediterranean region
Venice (Italy)

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