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John Kelly specializes in narrative history. He is the author of The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People; The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time; Three on the Edge: The Stories of Ordinary American näytä lisää Families in Search of a Medical Miracle; and more. Kelly lives in New York City and Sandisfield, Massachusetts. näytä vähemmän

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA



Poor. Misleading title; more about the rather well known history of F.D.R. and W. Churchill relationship than anything else. Very little about Stalin's role or policy, actions, etc. Like flogging again an already tremendously flogged horse.
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PedroCurtoSimoes | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 26, 2024 |
Very good look into the different personalities that led to decisions that changed the world.
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everettroberts | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 20, 2023 |
This book was written before Covid, a plus as far as I am concerned as it avoids the inevitable need to make forced after-the-fact parallels between the Black Death and the last few years. It recounts the progression of the Black Death though Europe from the perspective of various cities, giving the reader a sense of the dismally unsanitary world in which the disease spread, the calamitous losses, and how communities dealt with it. Some degree of repetition emerges from this pattern as most cities had similar experiences and dealt with the disease in similar ways. Of course, a few parallels to Covid do emerge and are all-the-more noteworthy precisely because they are not forced and after-the-fact. Those parallels include inflation, labor shortages, zealotry, conspiracy theories, and humanity’s apparently limited ability to act rationally when under duress.… (lisätietoja)
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TapsCoogan | 58 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 4, 2023 |
The author addresses the plight of each Europe as a whole, instead of only one country. The reader begins with a chapter on how the disease attacks the body, the three types and how it is spread. Then a timeline of how he disease crossed Europe, examining each country in turn. The author also covers the political drama, horrific Jewish persecutions, the Flagellant movement and natural disasters (earthquakes, flooding) that occurred simultaneously with the Black Death. It is still debated today as to why the Black Death devastated the human population to such an immeasurable extent in the 14th c, and why at that particular time. Kelly seems to be in favor of Nature's far-reaching and corrective hand. The human population was booming and the opportunistic rodent populations essentially bred themselves into a "Malthusian pruning mechanism." I'm not sure I'm in agreement, but the author provides an excellent argument.

Food for thought:
"Technological innovation that included the horse collar, the carruca plow, the watermill and the windmill increased agricultural productivity, thus a population boom and protective, isolating forests came down."
"In the later Middle Ages death...was seen as the moment at which the individual...took stock of the meaning of life...The plague pit was the antithesis of this idea: it made death anonymous, casual, and left the individual unrecognizable."
"Many people seem to have died not because they had a particularly virulent case of the plague, but because the individuals who normally cared for them were either dead or ill...The farmers who grew the food and those who carted it into the city were also being decimated by plague."

There are parts that could've been trimmed, but overall an easy read and an excellent starter for anyone learning about the Black Plague.
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asukamaxwell | 58 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 3, 2022 |



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