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The Black Death in Egypt and England : a comparative study / Stuart J. Borsch.

By: Borsch, Stuart J. (Stuart James), 1964-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, c2005Description: xii, 195 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0292706170 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780292706170 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780292722132 (pbk.); 0292722133 (pbk.).Subject(s): Black Death -- Egypt -- History | Black Death -- England -- History | Plague -- England -- London -- History | Plague -- England -- Egypt -- History | Plague -- Egypt -- History -- Statistics | Plague -- England -- History -- Statistics | Cross-Cultural Comparison -- Egypt -- Statistics | Cross-Cultural Comparison -- England -- Statistics | Disease Outbreaks -- Egypt -- History -- Statistics | Disease Outbreaks -- England -- History -- Statistics | Economics -- Egypt -- History -- Statistics | Economics -- England -- History -- Statistics | History, Medieval -- Egypt -- Statistics | History, Medieval -- England -- StatisticsDDC classification: Other classification: 44.75 Online resources: ebrary
Contents:
Introduction: Plague and methodology -- Mortality, irrigation, and landholders in Mamluk Egypt -- The impact of the plagues on the rural economy of Egypt -- The impact of the plagues on the rural economy of England -- The Dinar Jayshi and Agrarian output in England and Egypt -- Prices and wages: a reevaluation -- Conclusion.
Review: "Throughout the fourteenth century A.D., waves of plague swept out of Central Asia and decimated populations from China to Iceland. So devastating was the Black Death across the Old World that some historians have compared its effects to those of a nuclear holocaust. As countries began to recover from the plague during the following century, sharp contrasts arose between the East, where societies slumped into long-term economic and social decline, and the West, where technological and social innovation set the stage for Europe's dominance into the twentieth century. Why were there such opposite outcomes from the same catastrophic event?" "In contrast to previous studies that have looked to differences between Islam and Christianity for the solution to the puzzle, this pioneering work proposes that a country's system of landholding primarily determined how successfully it recovered from the calamity of the Black Death. Stuart Borsch compares the specific cases of Egypt and England, countries whose economies were based in agriculture and whose pre-plague levels of total and agrarian gross domestic product were roughly equivalent. Undertaking a thorough analysis of medieval economic data, he cogently explains why Egypt's centralized and urban landholding system were unable to adapt to massive depopulation, while England's localized and rural landholding system had fully recovered by the year 1500. By focusing on these two societies, Borsch avoids sweeping generalizations about differences between East and West, Islam and Christianity, and instead offers an important new insight into why rebirth followed the Black Death in Europe but not in the Middle East."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-183) and index.

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