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The Black Death in Egypt and England: A Comparative Study

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Throughout the fourteenth century AD/eighth century H, 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 a ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by University of Texas Press (first published June 1st 2005)
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If you thought the Black Death in England was bad, in Egypt it was utterly apocalyptic. Borsch explains how Egypt's land-holding system which, as opposed to England, was very much *NOT* hereditary, coupled with the Egyptian method of irrigation (ie, Nile floods as opposed to rain), proceeded to destroy the rural economy that was the backbone of Egypt's success.

It's a challenging read for anyone who, like me, stopped taking economics classes after high school, but i broaches a very interesting t
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