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Paolo Grillo - Hunger, cold and diseases: the crisis of the early 14th century

Lecture in Italian - Vasari Auditorium – 20th March 2019

Professor Grillo draws from Mediaeval history to make us reflect on surprisingly topical issues: climate change, crisis, stop of growth and sustainability of agriculture are only some of the problems that 14th-century European populations tackled before falling into the deadly nightmare of the Black Death. Discussing the theses of some great specialists in economic history such as Thomas Malthus and Carlo Cipolla, Paolo Grillo raises the question of human responsibility in the plague of 1348.

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