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This front matter section of this book titled Communities and Crisis: Bologna during the Black Death contains the table of contents, a list of tables, figures and maps, a note on currency, names and titles and the acknowledgements. The book is about society under stress, about people's actions in the face of disease and the populace of the late medieval town of Bologna. The Black Death serves as a lens to examine a social world. The book goes beyond any previous study of the Black Death by examining the immediate experience of the epidemic. Most examinations of reaction to plague that reach the detailed level of the book come from the early modern period when the disease repeatedly cycled back through Europe. The book tries to redress the imbalance in current scholarship that privileges the Renaissance actions of the social management of disease and dismisses similar previous medieval attempts.

Keywords: Black Death; Bologna; communities; crisis; Renaissance



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