The Black Plague of the 14th century killed at least a third of all the people in Europe within four years. Many thought that it was the end of the world. Yet, what immediately followed was the Renaissance, the foundation of our modern world. How could that period of art and culture rise from such devastation? What were the connections? Articles, maps, and excerpts from eyewitness accounts will complement PowerPoints.
Required text: The Great Mortality, John Kelly
This seminar-style course has limited enrollment to allow small group discussion.