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Author Jillings, Karen.

Title An urban history of the plague : socio-economic, political and medical Impacts in a Scottish community, 1500-1650 / Karen Jillings
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018


Description 1 online resource (243 pages)
Series Perspectives in Economic and Social History Ser
Perspectives in Economic and Social History Ser
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Abbreviations; Preface; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgements; 1 Setting the scene: Aberdeen and the north-east; Communications by land; Communications by sea; Aberdeen: topography, layout, defences; Administration and governance; Community and belonging; Piety and the Church in the north-east; The health of the people; Notes; Bibliography; 2 Responses to plague in Scotland; Shock and awe: interpreting disasters; Aberdeen's plague treatise: Gilbert Skene's Ane Breve Descriptioun of the Pest (1568)
The influence of Skene's Breve DescriptiounThe place of the Breve Description in medical writing in Scotland; Miasma and contagion; Controlling plague, controlling people; Civic responses to plague in their national and international contexts; Nationwide plague policy; Responses to plague in Scotland; Notes; Bibliography; 3 Plague in Aberdeen before 1550; 1497: the Great Pox in Aberdeen; The chronology of plague to 1550; Prevention: monitoring entrance(s); Detection: notification and searching; Isolation: enclosure and quarantine; Disinfection: cleansing of people, places and goods
Plague in Aberdeen before 1550Notes; Bibliography; 4 Plague in Aberdeen after 1550; Arrivals by land; Arrivals by sea; Challenges in the implementation of civic legislation; The role of Kirk Sessions during plague; Plague, punishment and godly discipline; Plague and the poor in the parishes; Spreading the word: networks of communication; The spiritual dimension; Plague in Aberdeen after 1550; Notes; Bibliography; 5 Aberdeen's final plague: The outbreak of 1647-48; An altered Aberdeen; Aberdeen and the Covenanting wars; Plague returns to Scotland; Plague reaches Aberdeen
Plague elsewhere in the north-eastCounting the cost; Aberdeen's final plague: the outbreak of 1647-48; Notes; Bibliography; 6 Conclusion; Epilogue: further plague scares; Explaining Aberdeen's immunity; Aberdeen's location; The implementation of Aberdeen's plague measures; Contravention and compliance; An urban history of the plague: early modern Aberdeen; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary "As a medical, economic, spiritual and demographic crisis, plague affected practically every aspect of an early modern community whether on a local, regional or national scale. Its study therefore affords opportunities for the reassessment of many aspects of the pre-modern world. This book examines the incidence and effects of plague in an early modern Scottish community by analysing bureaucratic, medical and social responses to epidemics in the north-east port of Aberdeen, focusing on the period 1500 to 1650. While Aberdeen's experience of plague was in many ways similar to that of other towns throughout Europe, certain idiosyncrasies in the responses articulated within the city make it a particularly interesting case study, which challenges several assumptions about early modern mentalities."--Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Restricted: Printing from this resource is governed by The Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations (UK) and UK copyright law currently in force. WlAbNL
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Subject Plague -- Scotland -- History
Medicine -- History -- 17th century.
Plague -- history
Urban Health -- history
Socioeconomic Factors -- history
History, 16th Century
History, 17th Century
MEDICAL -- Forensic Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Preventive Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Public Health.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317274711