Plague, Empire, and the Birth of EuropeBook - 2007
Weaving together evolutionary microbiology, economics, military strategy, ecology, and ancient and modern medicine, author Rosen tells of history's first pandemic--a plague seven centuries before the Black Death. Emperor Justinian had reunified Rome's fractured empire by defeating the Goths and Vandals who had separated Italy, Spain, and North Africa from imperial rule. Then, in the summer of 542, he encountered a flea. The ensuing outbreak of bubonic plague killed five thousand people a day in Constantinople and nearly killed Justinian himself, bringing about one of the great hinge moments in history.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2007
Call Number: 949.5013 R7229j
Characteristics: 367 p. : maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Plague, empire, and the birth of Europe