The Plague Files: Crisis Management in Sixteenth-Century Seville
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BeschreibungIn the first half of the 1580s, Seville, Spain, confronted a series of potentially devastating crises: a brush with deadly contagion; the billeting of troops in preparation for Philip IIs invasion of Portugal; crop failure and famine; an aborted uprising of the Moriscos (Christian converts from Islam); bankruptcy of the municipal government; the threat of pollution and contaminated water; and the disruption of commerce with the Indies. The Plague Files reconstructs daily life during this period in sixteenth-century Seville, exposing the difficult lives of ordinary citizens and shedding light on the municipal officials struggles to find solutions to the emerging public health emergencies. Filling several gaps in the historiography of early modern Spain, this volume offers a history of both Sevilles city government and of the medical profession in Andalusia. All levels of society enter the picturefrom slaves to the local aristocracy. With the help of detailed records of city council deliberations, private and public correspondence, reports from physicians and apothecaries, and other primary sources, the authors recount Sevilles story in the words of the people who lived itthe citys governor, the women innkeepers, the physicians who detail the nature of plague victims symptoms. As this detailed micro history makes clear, in spite of numerous emergencies, Sevilles bureaucracy functioned with relative normality, providing basic services necessary for the survival of her citizens. Cook and Cooks account of the travails of 1580s Seville provides an indispensable resource for those studying early modern Spain.
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: LOUISIANA STATE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2009
Seitenanzahl: 296 Seiten