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Terence Ranger: Plagues

4 February 1999
The Black Death and the Transformation of the West 
by David Herlihy.
Harvard, 117 pp., £17.95, October 1997, 0 674 07613 3
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Plague, Pox and Pestilence 
edited by Kenneth Kiple.
Weidenfeld, 176 pp., £25, January 1997, 0 297 82254 3
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Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism 
by Sheldon Watts.
Yale, 400 pp., £30, January 1997, 0 300 07015 2
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... on by way of medieval maladies and urbanism, war, trade and imperialism up to the present day. Sheldon Watts organises his book as a series of explicidy comparative chapters, which look at epidemic disease in a European and an extra-European context, the first chapter containing the very examination of the contrasted responses to plague in Western ...

Common Ground

Edmund Leach

19 September 1985
A Social History of Western Europe 1450-1720: Tensions and Solidarities among Rural People 
by Sheldon Watts.
Hutchinson, 275 pp., £7.95, October 1984, 0 09 156081 0
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Kinship in the Past: An Anthropology of European Family Life 1500-1900 
by Andrejs Plakans.
Blackwell, 276 pp., £24.50, September 1984, 0 631 13066 7
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Interests and Emotion: Essays on the Study of Family and Kinship 
edited by Hans Medick and David Warren Sabean.
Cambridge, 417 pp., £35, June 1984, 0 521 24969 4
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... The books under review have all been influenced by the authors whom I have mentioned. Watts, Plakans, Medick and Sabean are all historians, but the Medick/Sabean volume is a symposium derived from an interdisciplinary seminar held in 1980. In this case five of the 15 contributors are anthropologists. Watts’s ...

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