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  • Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe
  • William Rosen
  • English
  • 15 October 2019
  • 9780143113812

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characters Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe William Rosen ✓ 4 Download review Ê Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe 104 The world had ever known and it left its indelible mark when the plague finally ended than 25 million people were dead Weaving together history microbiology ecology jurisprudence theology and epidemiology Justinian's Flea is a uniue and sweeping account of the little known event that changed the course of a continen. I was pretty excited about this book because the plague of the 14th century gets so much attention than Justinian s Plague but I found Justinian s Flea rambeling and unfocused The first half is a detailed history of Rome after it s split in two by Diocletian up to the reign of Justinian and there s a chapter devoted to the scientific aspect of plague but it s all downhill after that I learned some interesting random facts about the Byzantine Empire but not very much about Justinian s Plague which the book is supposed to be about Even annoying than how unfocused the book was is the author s unfortunate tendency to go off on random tangents that start out loosely related to the subject of the Byzantine empire but wind up discussing in some detail WW I or early man s progress from family groups to tribes to kingdoms If you want to know about Justinian s Plague read the scientific chapter and skip around a little after that to see how it affected the empire When he starts talking about the Sassanids for god s sake just put the book down and walk away

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characters Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe William Rosen ✓ 4 Download review Ê Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe 104 His achievements and the last of them In 542 AD the bubonic plague struck In weeks the glorious classical world of Justinian had been plunged into the medieval and modern Europe was born At its height five thousand people died every day in Constantinople Cities were completely depopulated It was the first pandemic. Very well written almost unbearably informative reads like a mystery novel Bubonic plague during Justinian s sixth century reign much here to interest devotees of the place and period Wonderful perspective engagingly written self deprecatory style tongue in cheek eruditionDrawbacks eccentric organization of material abrupt leaps and maddening changes of subject and times Irritating when the reader is trying to navigate through unfamiliar names and battlesThat said it s well worth it for those interested in Justinian and Constantinople and the decline of the empire certainly uniue Outstanding actually it may really deserve a 5 but it drove me too crazy

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characters Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe William Rosen ✓ 4 Download review Ê Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe 104 From the acclaimed author of Miracle Cure and The Third Horseman the epic story of the collision between one of nature's smallest organisms and history's mightiest empireDuring the golden age of the Roman Empire Emperor Justinian reigned over a territory that stretched from Italy to North Africa It was the zenith of. A historical biological and epidemiological study of the social technical political and economic effect of the bubonic plague on the end of the Roman Empire and how it spurred development of Medieval Europe and the Middle EastMy ebook version was a moderate 390 pages It had a 2007 US copyright William Rosen was an American historian and author of non fiction He wrote than five 5 books He passed in 2016 This is the second book I ve read by the authorThis book is a somewhat disjointed narrative of the effect of the bubonic plague on the three 3 major political entities of the Eurasian landmass of the time There is a focus on the Roman Empire of late antiuity during the reign of Justinian I This was during the late 400 to mid 500 years CE During the end of this period was the first major appearance of the plague in Europe The story is peculiar because in addition to being an advanced level history it also addresses the plague at an advanced biological level The plague s disease pathology and even its biochemistry are discussed The cutting from history to biological science and then back to history may be unnerving to some readers The book is split into four 4 sections Emperor Glory Bacterium and Pandemic All sections are well written although with a somewhat academic style The first two 2 sections Emperor and Glory are pure history They describe the rise of Justinian the resurgence of the eastern Roman Empire and the conversion of Europe to Christianity Having a previous overview of the Roman Empire and its successor states would be very helpful in understanding these sections The Bacterium section is a very detailed description of Bubonic plague It addresses the bacterium as an organism and the disease it causes in humans right down to the molecular level Having some understanding of disease pathology would be helpful in understanding this section The final section Pandemic is a historical description of the plague epidemic Its mainly epidemiological It describes the short and long term effects on the Roman Chinese Tang and Persian Sasanian empires of Europe and Asia Having a previous overview of early European Medieval history and Middle Eastern Medieval history would be helpful in understanding this section I found all of the sections to be interesting Some were challenging than others However the author did a good job in describing each of the many subjects discussed There were freuent diversions to give the reader the flavor of the times These provided thumbnail descriptions of significant people places and events For example late Roman architectural techniues in the construction of the Hagia Sophia Silk and the Silk trade in late Antiuity the evolution in arms and armament resulting in knights in shining armour and the rats with their fleas Some of the sections are better than others The first and last sections being amongst the best The largest proportion of the book concerns how a pandemic along with external effects and endemic weaknesses can unravel empires and change societies If a man or woman was infected by the plague in antiuity than half were dead within a week The depopulation of the Mediterranean basin by the plague shifted the axis of European power to what is now France and Northern Europe The similar depopulation of the Persian Empire s Khuzestan and Irai core caused it to fall victim to opportunistic Arab Islamic armies They were coming from a region almost unaffected by the plague Arabia was protected by the long distances of their desert firewall Within a hundred years the great majority of the Roman Empire and several important successor states likewise fell to Islamic armies The Eastern Roman Christian and Persian Zoroastrian populations of the conuered empires were converted to Islam which they remain today The biological technical sections were amongst the most challenging For example the genetics and morphology of bacteria were very detailed These sections will be difficult for most readers Most interesting to me were the economic sections The Mediterranean grain and Silk trades of late antiuity were well laid out Egypt was the breadbasket of the empire Infected rats followed the grain which was their food In antiuity Silk had a large historical influence It was similar to the way spices did than 600 years later in the 1500 s CE Silk was the commodity that linked the widely separated Roman Persian and Chinese empire in tradeHowever I did find some fault in the narrative For example there was almost no discussion of how folks tried to protect or heal themselves from the plague I thought a short discussion on the state of ancient medicine and pharmacology would have been helpful A better discussion of what folks thought was the origin of The Demon would have been appreciated God s wrath was a bit vague The author covered a large number of topics over almost 300 years At times it was hard to follow the thread of the narrative In addition there was only little ancient Chinese and Persian through Islamic sources source material cited The great majority of sources and hence perspective were being Byzantine and Northern European This book was an advanced work It assumes a certain amount of context I happen to have an interest in Byzantine history and the Bubonic plague I ve read several books about them The book tied a wide verity of subjects together using a bacterium carried by a flea carried on rats 1400 years ago in the Mediterranean basin I found Rosen s history science and presentation to be solid The historical sections were the strongest and most persuasive The biological sciences sections the most difficult The sections related to epidemiology were somewhere in between I learned things I didn t know from reading this book However sometimes it was hard to see how the many topics Rosen introduced were related to each other I can t recommend this book to everyone Its oriented toward those who already have a solid knowledge of late antiuity and some biomedical background The book would be too hard to appreciate otherwiseFinally I read this book while the Coronavirus pandemic has me locked down There is no comparison between the mortality rate of the first bubonic plague and Corvid 19 However this book illustrates how a pandemic catalyzed great change in the ancient world It makes it easy to see how a less virulent infection like Corvid 19 may cause some change in the modern one