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🚨 What are the political consequences of pandemics? 🚨

D. Gingerich & I analyze history’s deadliest #pandemic in a brand new @World_Pol article: “Pandemics & Political Development: The Electoral Legacy of the #BlackDeath in Germany”

doi.org/10.1017/S00438…

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Brief summary (#TLDR): The Black Death (BD) had a significant long-term impact on Germany’s political development. Hard-hit areas introduced proto-democratic institutions; sustained experiences with participative government later helped reject antidemocratic & illiberal parties. Image
Long overview (starting here): In 1347, Europe was hit by a pandemic that killed 30–60% of its population: the BD. It had a major impact on medieval society which was based on feudalism/serfdom. Yet the BD’s impact varied greatly across space, leading to divergence in its impact. Image
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The medieval historian @monicaMedHist has transformed our understanding of the #BlackDeath. In the midst of a global pandemic, the stakes for understanding how pandemics happen couldn't be higher. Now @SmithsonianMag.

Please read and RT! smithsonianmag.com/history/did-bl…
@monicaMedHist @SmithsonianMag Green's work is important for its own sake: The Black Death is one of the few things people generally learn about the Middle Ages, but the story we've been teaching wasn't complete. Green has added a whole new 13th-century component to our narrative here. #medievaltwitter
@SmithsonianMag But in the context of living through our own global pandemic, the stakes are raised, the relevance intensified.
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HOW CAN THE @GOVUK ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE⁉️

HOW CAN A #BlackDeath BE ALLOWED TO BE DISMISSED BY ALL IN #UnitedKingdom🇬🇧⁉️

HOW CAN #BlackLivesMatterUK JUST STAND BY AS THE PAST 3 @10DowningStreet @David_Cameron @theresa_may @BorisJohnson ADDING HEAD OF @BarnetCouncil Image
@CllrCornelius WIFE ALISON CORNELIUS AND #TheresaVilliersMP @BarnetMiddlesex @BarnetTories @ChippingTories WHO HAVE ALL TOTALLY IGNORED WHAT IS IN THIS #linkup FOR OVER 5 AND A HALF YRS...
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ST VITUS, MARTYR; FEAST JUNE 15

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1. St Vitus appears in early lists of Christian martyrs, and probably died during the persecution of Diocletian, which reached its climax in 303.

He is a patron saint of Prague, actors,

#StVitus #Christianity #FourteenHolyHelpers Image
2. and his intercession has been invoked against snake bites and sleeplessness. Chiefly, though, he has been associated with St Vitus’s Dance.

Historically this term has been used to describe nervous disorders involving rapid, jerky, involuntary movements;
#insomnia #sleep
3. it has also been applied to epilepsy. Today, St Vitus’s Dance is more austerely defined as Sydenham’s Chorea, a disease which induces grimacing and jerking in children and pregnant women, and which is often linked to rheumatic fever.

Tradition relates that Vitus
#epilepsy
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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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