A work of genuine social history, After the Black Death leads the listener into the villages and cities of European society. The book begins with an overview of family and community structure, social conflict, and religious beliefs. After describing the fundamental traits of both rural and urban society, it considers the elites, armed rebellion, poverty, criminality, sexual behavior, and marriage practices.
"This superb synthesis will surely stand out...anyone interested in the social life of the modern West will appreciate this beautifully written, soundly researched, and highly knowledgeable book." (Library Journal)
"To give a sense of immediacy and vividness to the long period in such a short space is a major achievement." (History)
"Huppert's book is a little masterpiece every teacher should welcome." (Renaissance Quarterly)
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Economics and society of the post-medieval world
Descriptions of relationships in the early modern villages and towns.
Good reading, but perhaps a little fast.
Despite what others have commented, this book makes no pretense of being at all about the bubonic plague. The social and economic history of Europe after the Plague is literally the subject, because the Black Death is a real dividing event in European history, separating the Medieval world from the modern. The author's descriptions of life and economics in the early modern villages and towns is fascinating and one only regrets that there is not more information. What I found especially interesting was how society was transformed by the slow separation of people into classes of wealth and power, and poverty. The analogies with the world of the 19th century and the 21st century, with their concentrations of wealth and the social stagnation this brought was especially interesting, although one wonders if the analogies are too close to be objective. Nonetheless, I found the book fascinating.
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