The paper will explore the different perceptions regarding the Black Death as expressed in Samuel Cohn’s “The Black Death: End of a Paradigm” and compare and contrast the views with Michael McCormick’s “Rats, Communications, and Plague: Toward an Ecological History”. In this context, this paper posits that, the historical consequences of the Black Death can only be understood through established medical diagnosis which illuminates the understanding of the pestilence, rather than obscure the understanding of the historical consequences in epidemiological debates.
In contrast to several perceptions regarding the Black Death, Cohn, asserts that the Black Death could not have been as result of bubonic plague. Cohn’s logic is derived from the disparity in signs and symptoms between these two syndromes, in addition to proof of human immunity and malleability to each. In his analysis, Cohn draws attention to divergences in the communication of the syndrome. The form of spread is increasingly c...
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... application of its recognition to historical study. McCormick’s research probes into issues concerning how the environment and the person interact with each other. Several historians such as Cohn perceived rodents as unnecessary in understanding the Black Death. In this perspective, instead of obscuring the understanding of the historical importance of the Black Death in epidemiological debates, it is imperative to acknowledge the historical significance of the Black Death as a major world occurrence prior to 1500CE, through reputable medical diagnosis which enlightens the understanding of the Black Death.
Cohn, Samuel. “The Black Death: End of a Paradigm,” The American Historical Review.
McCormick, Michael. “Rats, Communications, and Plague: Toward an Ecological History,”
Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 34 (2003):14-24.
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