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BDnotes11Oct - An Era of Many Cultural and Religious...

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An Era of Many Cultural and Religious Revolutions H213 notes, 11 October 2011 Today’s topics Print revolution in Europe, and some connections to our plague story Columbus and the new disease of the French pox Catholic religious reform before Luther Introduction to Luther and plague: we just begin this topic The Print Revolution New in 1450s: Gutenberg. Printing with moveable type o How could the print revolution change plague history? We generate some ideas Catholic Reform before Martin Luther Prelude: Columbus’s discovery o Columbus knew how to use the printing press: he spread the news of his discovery immediately, by having his letter about it published o Rapid transformations in the known world challenged traditional authorities New disease coupled to Columbus’s discovery: the French Pox o by 1517, a new treatment associated with one of the plants found only in the New World: guaiacum German merchants claimed exclusive marketing of the cure and
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