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I'm going to do a longer thread today in honor of #CiteBlackWomenSunday. But here's a mini-thread 1st w/ an explanation of my reply to a medievalist colleague @tlecaque in a different conversation. He had recommended that s/o read "all" my works. I said, no, start w/ just a few.
Why just a few? Obviously, there are only so many hours in the day. The last time I counted (which was several years ago), I had already pub'd over 4000 pages of work. Even I couldn't read all that now! But the more important reason is that I have always believed that we build ..
... our historical understandings in layers. We need a basic "skeleton" of hard facts: a sense of chronology, of space, of a kind of "physics" of the real world & its limits (e.g., what kinds of transportation are available). On that skeletal framework we then layer other ...
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Start updating your #BlackDeath lectures, folks! Hannah Barker has just released a pre-print of her eye-popping, paradigm-shifting study: "Laying the Corpses to Rest: Grain, Embargoes, and Yersinia pestis in the Black Sea, 1346-1348," scholar.google.com/scholar_url?ur… #GlobalMiddleAges
I'll be tweeting some significant findings from this paper over the next several days, as we build up to next week's "Mother of All Pandemics" session sponsored by the @MedievalAcademy (medievalacademy.org/general/custom…). Today, just fn. 3, on Issyk Kul.
fn. 3: "Since Lake Issyk Kul is located near a plague reservoir, this outbreak may have no causal connection with the Second Pandemic." Okay, so what's Issyk Kul, and what has it ever played any role in #BlackDeath narratives?
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During #COVID19 I've been home-schooling my kids in #Europeanhistory. It's taught me a few lessons in #leadership. (1/5)
1. Innovation thrives in crisis. The #BlackDeath killed 60 percent of Europe’s population in the 14th century. But it directly led to innovations like humanist thinking, the middle class and the Reformation. Now is the time for leaders to demonstrate creativity, not panic. (2/5)
2. Challenge your beliefs. Did you know Napoleon wasn’t short? He was about average for his time. Too often as leaders, we believe the things we want to believe. It’s easier to exaggerate our competitors’ weaknesses, for example, than to be honest about our own. (3/5)
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How do major pandemics affect economic activity in the longer term? My colleagues (Òscar Jordà, Alan Taylor) and I have a new working paper where we answer this question.

#coronavirus #COVID19 #CoronavirusPandemic #BlackDeath #SpanishFlu #SecularStagnation #NaturalRate

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Findings consistent with what economic theory prescribes? Yes. Real returns down, real wages up….

Paper here: ssingh.ucdavis.edu/uploads/1/2/3/…

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We study rates of return on assets using a dataset stretching back to the 14th century, focusing on 12 major pandemic episodes where more than 100,000 people died. We estimate the impulse response of the European real natural rate to a pandemic episode up to 40 years out

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Okay, since @KevinMKruse now seems to have given his imprimatur to this piece in the @washingtonpost today about #nCoV2019 & past plagues, it seems time for a mini-thread about #medhist & hot takes. #epitwitter: you might want to listen in on this, as it effects you, too.
@KevinMKruse @washingtonpost The @washingtonpost piece by Eisenberg et al. makes 3 main points: 1) that the #BlackDeath (the #plague pandemic usually dated to the mid-14thC) is the most commonly invoked analogy when people think of epidemics; 2) that not all "plague" epidemics/pandemics were alike; and 3) ..
@KevinMKruse @washingtonpost ... that there's an "outbreak narrative" that "we replay .. as a script with each new outbreak — whether real or fictional." First, some background on what #histmed (History of Medicine) is: it's probably pretty much as you would assume from its name. The field of history that ..
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