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What Can the Black Death Tell Us About the Global Economic Consequences of a Pandemic?

Adrian R. Bell    Henley Business School, University of Reading    

Helen Lacey    University of Oxford, UK    

Andrew Prescott    University of Glasgow, UK    

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abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdown have led to academics and media outlets looking for historical parallels to draw lessons from. Whilst great care needs to be taken when trying to relate events many centuries apart, this chapter reviews the Black Death (1348-1351) and particularly focuses upon its economic impact on England. We will contextualise the pandemic and illustrate both the immediate and longer term outcomes of this devastating event. Whilst we can direct the reader to implications for our current situation, we will also discuss the many differences of these two global events.

Published
July 31, 2020
Accepted
June 30, 2020
Submitted
June 3, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-442-4

Keywords: PandemicEconomic HistoryRecoveryBlack Death

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