Coping with Catastrophe: The Black Death of the 14th Century
A document-based teaching unit
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In this unit, students explore the deadly plague pandemic in world-historical perspective, examining primary sources from both Europe and the Middle East, including textual, pictorial, and statistical materials. They will relate the spread and impact of the disease, as well as varying human responses to it, to the social and cultural conditions prevailing in the mid-fourteenth-century. The sources will imaginatively lead students into world different from their own while suggesting contemporary parallels.
Lesson One: No Escape from Death: The Catastrophic Plague Arrives
Lesson Two: Trying to Cope: Explanations and Counter-measures
Lesson Three: The Impact on Society
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