Trade, Production, and Disease in the Middle Ages

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Abstract

In the late medieval period, trade and production created conditions conducive to disease spread, and these diseases, in turn, also had implications for economic development. Typically, historians have tended to emphasise the major redistributive effects of the Black Death – the idea that an affliction which killed large amounts of people but kept resources intact created post-epidemic ‘bonuses’ for those that survived. Nowadays, however, we are more receptive to the idea that (a) not all social and demographic groups benefitted equally from this outbreak, and (b) epidemics had direct economic costs, rendering the previous idea of ‘intact resources’ incorrect.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Medieval Encyclopedia
EditorsHannele Klemettilä, Victoria McAlister
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024

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