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“Cairo Had Become an Abandoned Desert”: The Black Death in Egypt

A discussion of the Black Death in the Middle East

Bram Hubbell
Bram Hubbell
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“Cairo Had Become an Abandoned Desert”: The Black Death in Egypt
From page 62 of the AP World History Course and Exam Description
From page 62 of the AP World History Course and Exam Description

One of the most significant events of the fourteenth century was the Black Death. As the bubonic plague spread across Afroeurasia, it had major consequences for most societies involved in the Afroeurasian world system. World history textbooks often presented the Black Death as beginning in the fourteenth century for many years. New research is significantly altering our understanding of the Black Death. Monica Green has written extensively about integrating this new research into teaching the Black Death. David Parry has also published a brief article about our changing understanding of the Black Death that can easily be used with students in the classroom.

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