Arguing that the Bubonic Plague that killed over 40 percent of Europe's population had wide-reaching ramifications for all the institutions of the old social order, Cantor (history, sociology, and comparative literature; New York U.) looks at the effects of the disease on the various social classes and the changes it wrought in the economies, sciences, arts, and societies of Europe. He also explores the agricultural, ecological, and climactic factors that weakened Europeans immune systems to the extent that they were vulnerable to the disease and looks at whether the Plague may have had effects that have helped us be relatively more immune to AIDS.
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Norman E. Cantor's book In the Wake of the Plaque: The Black Death and the World It Made is a fascinating reading on the immediate and longer-term social and cultural effects of the Black Death.