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A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Feb 15, 09

Read in January, 1993

Wonderfully researched and written piece of history centered around the year 1347 when the Black Plague first appeared in Europe and all the breakouts in subsequent decades. Been a long time, one thing I remember clearly is that whenever a town in, say, France would have an outbreak, the angry survivors would storm the small Jewish neighborhood in that town (usually comprising some tiny minority of residents) and beat and kill all the Jews, it was depressingly consistent. Kind of reminds me of Milhouse as Moses in the Simpsons Bible episode after being told he and his followers were to wander 40 years in the desert, says "But after that, it's smooth sailing for the Jews, right?" (I should stress this is not what the book is about in a larger sense, it's just been 15 plus years since I read it, it's what I've retained)
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