Book ID: CBB948772983

Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600 (2015)


This is the first systematic scholarly study of the Ottoman experience of plague during the Black Death pandemic and the centuries that followed. Using a wealth of archival and narrative sources, including medical treatises, hagiographies, and travelers' accounts, as well as recent scientific research, Nükhet Varlik demonstrates how plague interacted with the environmental, social, and political structures of the Ottoman Empire from the late medieval through the early modern era. The book argues that the empire's growth transformed the epidemiological patterns of plague by bringing diverse ecological zones into interaction and by intensifying the mobilities of exchange among both human and non-human agents. Varlik maintains that persistent plagues elicited new forms of cultural imagination and expression, as well as a new body of knowledge about the disease. In turn, this new consciousness sharpened the Ottoman administrative response to the plague, while contributing to the makings of an early modern state.

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Review B. Harun Küçük (2016) Review of "Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600". Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period (pp. 578-580). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bulmus, Birsen
Nutton, Vivian
Erkoreka, Anton
Mormando, Franco
Worcester, Thomas W.
Aberth, John
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Journal of World History
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Journal of Medical Biography
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Medicina Historica
L'Erma di Bretschneider
The Wellcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine at University College London
Truman State University Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Ashgate Publishing
Edinburgh University Press
Disease and diseases
Public health
Medicine and society
Poliziano, Angelo Ambrogini
Leonardo da Vinci
Donzellini, Girolamo
Fernel, Jean François
Matignon, Jean-Jacques
Time Periods
16th century
Early modern
15th century
14th century
17th century
Ottoman Empire
Venice (Italy)

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