European history offers clues on our post-pandemic world

As lockdown restrictions start to ease up, the question on everyone’s mind is what will happen now? History offers some clues.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Kriston Rennie of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto looks at how cities across Europe handled waves of plagues from the Black Death onwards. From royal orders ensuring infected people had food during quarantine to landlords being forced to pardon or lower rent, it’s striking how similar the challenges - and the solutions - are to today’s coronavirus pandemic. We have the benefit of advanced science, but the cities of medieval Europe had plenty of practice.

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