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The World the Plague Made


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James Belich is the Beit Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and cofounder of the Oxford Centre for Global History. His books include Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World, 1783-1939.


"A Spectator Book of the Year"
"A Prospect Best History Book of the Year"
"A FiveBooks Best Economic History Book of the Year"
"Finalist for the PROSE Award in European History, Association of American Publishers"
"[A] sweeping revisionist history. . . . Rich in erudition and startling new insights, this fresh look at the impact of the Black Death upon world history is a must for history lovers and plague aficionados alike." * Library Journal *
"A provocative and impressive history of an earth-shattering event." * Publishers Weekly *
"[A] bold, tremendously researched work."---Jordan Michael Smith, Undark
The World the Plague Made
is worth reading simply as a narrative of these extraordinary events by a historian who combines command of detail with a grandiose vision of factors driving human expansion. Belich is sweeping in his range, provocative in his assertions and ambitious in his conceptions. His writing is full of colourful metaphors, unexpected turns of phrase and elegant put-downs of the many scholars who lack the imagination to share his insights"---Jonathan Sumption, Literary Review
"Sweeping, ambitious."---Peter Frankopan, The Spectator
"There is much to learn from this carefully considered book."---Peter Sarris, The Critic
The World the Plague Made
convincingly demonstrates that the Black Death influenced many aspects of human life. In short, it is global history."---Okori Uneke, International Social Science Review
"Belich draws on a vast array of bang-up-to-date material with the latest historical research, from plague pathogens to the role of war in centralising the early modern and modern state. The ride is a provocative and often exhilarating one. . . . Belich asks profound questions and does so with considerable elan."---Peter Frankopan, Prospect
"Terribly interesting and educational. . . . [A] fascinating book. It obviously comes recommended to students of the history of infectious disease, but also to readers receptive to the idea that history can be decisively shaped by curveballs thrown by nature."---Leon Vlieger, Inquisitive Biologist
"Packed with extensive and detailed information. . . .
The World the Plague Made
is a monumental book that will be required reading for anyone interested in the transition to modernity and it offers much food for thought about the methodology of 'global history' and history over a longue duree."---Justine Firnhaber-Baker, History Today

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