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2018-2019 Catalogue 
2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 27511 - Plagues in History

Course Credit: 1
PLAGUES IN HISTORY Some of the most powerful forces in history are the ones we cannot see. As historical actors, bacterial and viral agents have shown little respect for national boundaries. This course looks at three major epidemics in history, bubonic plague, smallpox, and influenza. Through an analysis of primary sources we explore the challenges these diseases posed to belief systems, social relationships, and economic structures in both a local and a global context. This is a writing intensive course and specifically addresses the craft of reading and writing as a historian. Prerequisite(s): 1 course in History; or permission of instructor [HSS]