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What can the black death tell us about the global economic consequences of a pandemic?

Bell, A. R. ORCID:, Lacey, H. and Prescott, A. (2020) What can the black death tell us about the global economic consequences of a pandemic? In: Billio, Monica and Varotto, Simone ORCID logoORCID: (eds.) A New World Post COVID-19 Lessons for Business, the Finance Industry and Policy Makers. Innovation in Business, Economics & Finance (1). Ca’ Foscari University Press, Venice, pp. 35-42. ISBN 9788869694424

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The COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdown have led to academics and media outlets looking for historical parallels to draw lessons from. Whilst great care needs to be taken when trying to relate events many centuries apart, this chapter reviews the Black Death (1348-1351) and particularly focuses upon its economic impact on England. We will contextualise the pandemic and illustrate both the immediate and longer term outcomes of this devastating event. Whilst we can direct the reader to implications for our current situation, we will also discuss the many differences of these two global events.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:94743
Publisher:Ca’ Foscari University Press


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