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A. Boccaccio on the Black Death at:

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Using Boccaccio and the Spielvogel text, write an essay of 4-5 pages answering the following questions:

What immediate impact did the Black Death have on the economy and society of Europe?

What aspects of the plague as described in this eye-witness account do you find most striking?

What evidence does Boccaccio provide on the collapse of Italian urban civilization as it was structured before the plague?

What were some of the larger and longer term political, economic, and social consequences of the Black Death?