The Black Death

In The Late 1340s, A Cataclysmic Plague Known To Us As The Black Death Left Up To 75 Million Dead Across Europe While The Story Of The Black Death Is One Of Destruction And Loss, It Is Also One Of The Most Compelling And Deeply Intriguing Episodes In Human History Understanding Its Aftermath Provides A Highly Revealing Window On The Forces That Brought About The Renaissance, The Protestant Reformation, And Modernity Itself Speaking To The Full Magnitude Of This World Changing Historical Moment, The Black Death The World S Most Devastating Plague, Taught By Celebrated Medievalist Dorsey Armstrong Of Purdue University, Takes You On An Unforgettable Excursion Into The Time Period Of The Plague, Its Full Human Repercussions, And Its Transformative Effects On European Civilization In 24 Richly Absorbing Lectures, You Ll Follow The Path Of The Epidemic In Its Complete Trajectory Across Medieval Europe You Ll Examine The Epidemiological Causes Of The Disaster The Social Panic It Spawned Its Influence On Religion, Society, Politics, Economics, And Art And The Long Term Consequences For A Continent That, Less Than Two Centuries Later, Would Have The Technology And The Wherewithal To Explore A New World.The Black Death

Dr Dorsey Armstrong is Associate Professor of English and Medieval Literature at Purdue University, where she has taught since 2002 The holder of an A.B in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a Ph.D in Medieval Literature from Duke University, she also taught at Centenary College of Louisiana and at California State University, Long Beach Her research interests include m

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  • The Black Death
  • Dorsey Armstrong
  • English
  • 13 July 2019
  • 9781629972817

10 thoughts on “The Black Death

  1. says:

    If I m ever in a time machine facing the decision of what time in history to visit, I think I ll avoid Europe in the years 1347 to 1353, the years of the black death The death toll in different communities varied from twenty to eighty percent with an overall average of fifty percent These twenty four lectures provide a thorough description of what we know about history s worst pandemic.It s agonizing for a twenty first century reader to read about all the possible causes for the black death that the fourteenth century physicians came up with They developed all sorts of theories but never thought to suggest rats and fleas as a possible factor Apparently fleas and rats were so endemic that it didn t occur to anybody that they might be a vector of transmission Scholars today debate the actual cause of the pandemic Current consensus regarding the cause is the bacterium Yersinia pestis. There are reasons to believe that some of the deaths were caused by other diseases such as anthrax, some form of hemorrhagic fever, or other flu like diseases Another mystery is why, after many years of reoccurrences, that in about the year 1700 the plague stopped reoccurring in significant numbers in Europe People in 1700 didn t understand any about microbes than those in...

  2. says:

    My friend, Martha Spotts, mentioned she was listening to these lectures and I found them at our library site I found the whole series fascinating and a bit confusing too, lots of speculation that maybe rats fleas did not cause plaque but then lots of assumptions that they did, for one...

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    This is only available via audiobook, and I picked it up on a Great Courses 2 for 1 sale and I liked this book a lot This plays to peoples morbid curiosity about horrors that have happened in the past, sometimes you can feel detached from epidemics that have happened long ago in history because we ve come to feel in modern times with the leaps in medicine and technology that we re out of the danger zone for mass wipe outs of our population We re really not out of the danger zone yet, and with people opposing vaccines we re actually inching backwards in some ways Man was the black plague fucked up I mean can you seriously imagine for a moment that 6 10 people on your block being dead within the year Whole families being wiped out, watching your parent or siblings of children fall sick, knowing that you can ...

  4. says:

    This was so very interesting I was hooked with the Black Plague theme but I didn t know how engaging this course would be There were so many fascinating aspects of this time period, not the disease bu...

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    The Black Death, or The Plague, or The Great Mortality was a moment in the history of the western world which quickly and drastically altered demographics of the time It overturned social structures and set about major changes in power dynamics among those in the western world The plague shifted the role of women, religion, and social ties in western society enough to set in motion or accelerate trends that would shape the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment with effects even into today The story of the great mortality is also a warning for a modern era of the horrors that could fall upon us and the human reactions that would take place if a pandemic were to wipe out vast swaths of populations throughout the world.At least, this is the thesis that runs through the lectures of Dorsey Armstrong s lectures She starts from a high level, giving an overview of a bit of the epidemiology of the plague, Yersinia pestis, which came in three forms bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic She also goes over the theories of how other diseases that may have played a role in the great mortality Then in broad strokes describes how the plague flew through Europe starting around 1347, jumping especially quickly from port to port at times and tying a noose around Europe at the time, later to return and kill off the childr...

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    One definition of plague is a virulent contagious febrile disease that is caused by a bacterium Yersinia pestis and that occurs in bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic forms called also black death While this definition is certainly accurate, it fails to express the utter horror of a fast moving sickness that wiped out nearly half of the world s population at least in the westernmodern Europeworld , in some cases, nearly overnight Moreover, those nasty bacteria are still with usand still evolving Professor Dorsey Armstrong has cooked up a wonderfully entertaining and informative albeit somewhat simplified set of lectures that describe the effects and implications of the world s most devastating pandemic though the 1918 so called Spanish Flu may have killed people I found these lectures to be a perfect follow up to Bruce Fleury s Mysteries of the Microscopic World , allowing me to drill a bit deeper into quasi ca...

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    This was one of the best Great Courses series I ve gone through I really liked the professor and the subject matter was fascinating.I often found myself wide eyed and occasionally tearing up It was horrific to consider what it would be like to be surrounded by so much death, fear and confusion Its grieves me to consider the faith crisis these deeply believing folks would have been plunged them in, in part due to having a world view so out of alignment with the reality of God s hand off approach in our world It was sad to see how their very religious devotion spread the plague, due to multitude of pilgrimages to holy places to entreat the God they thought was inflicting them in his wrath It was chilling to see a glimpse of humanities propensity to embrace conspiracy theories against all reason, and how this lead to mass slaughter of the Jews during this period It was truly interesting...

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    1347 1353 was the years that the plague first came to Western Europe Mortality rates varied from 20 80% with the average being 50% Entire families, and in some cases villages die in a matter of days Armstrong traces the causes of the the Black Death, the infection route both geographically and physically and its vast impact and implications for medieval and modern life.Why I started this book Struggling with the books that I should read, so I picked one up just for fun.Why I finished it Armstrong is an engaging lecturer, bring the Medieval World to contemporary listeners I was surprised and enlightened with the comparison to the television show, the Walking Dead The fear, the sense that the world is ending, and the survival rate of a zombie apocalypse brought home just how terrifying and life altering thi...

  9. says:

    This was simply tremendous There was so much background, detail, and information about how all of the plague affected the entire world Professor Armstrong impressed me throughout the entire course For me, this was a follow on to John Barry s The Great Influenza The Story...

  10. says:

    Almost everything the average medieval history buff would want to know about the Black Death from its probable causes to its significant impact on the world is here in these lectures I found this course fascinating, and Dorsey Armstrong is an excellent speaker She ...

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