“It Was a Memorable Day” – How the Black Death United the Population of Medieval Damascus

In the era of the Coronavirus, it would be prudent to look at other times of pandemics and how they impacted society and daily living.  The so-called “Black Death” was one of the worst plagues in human history, with some estimates stating it wiped out 50 percent of Europe’s population.[1] The plague peaked between the years 1348-50 but reemerged on and off throughout the pre-modern period.  Much of the work on the plague has focused on Europe but the pandemic had disastrous effects on the Middle East as well as other parts of the world.


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