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Published: 01 September 2021

160 Pages | 19 black and white images

6.9 x 4.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198871118

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Plague: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

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
  • Explores the causes of historic plagues
  • Reflects upon the impact plagues of the past have had on modern ideas of public health
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

New to this Edition:

  • Considers the modern day resonance of the plague with issues such as Coronavirus
  • Incorporates very recent evidence on the nature of plague gained from work on ancient DNA, which settles some old disputes about plague
  • Includes recently published work on plague in the Middle East