Measuring and Comparing Economic Interaction Based on the Paths and Speed of Infections: The Case Study of the Spread of the Justinianic Plague and Black Death

Lars Börner, Battista Severgnini

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Boerner and Severgnini study the spread of plagues from a comparative perspective. They investigate the determinants of the speed of the spread of the Black Death and the Justinianic Plague. In addition, they compare the speed of infection during both periods of time. The investigation finds that the Justinianic Plague follows a similar pattern as the Black Death. In particular, the study detects that the speed of transmission between two destinations along a trade route is determined by the trade technology and trade geography, which is the physical time to travel between two destinations following the ORBIS data set. This supports claims made by other scholarly work that argues that both diseases were spread by human interaction, particularly through trade activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComplexity Economics : Building a New Approach to Ancient Economic History
EditorsKoenraad Verboven
Number of pages30
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9783030478971
ISBN (Electronic)9783030478988
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Ancient Economies

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Published 26 November 2020.

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