Who were the actors in each case, and what were their justifications for their actions?

This week, we will be reading about three very different consequences to the plague that followed it immediately: economic reorganization and legal responses to the new economy; the flagellant movement; and violence against Jewish populations. All three of these can be lumped together under the umbrella of popular responses to the plague. As you read, consider: Who were the actors in each case, and what were their justifications for their actions? In each case, there was more than one cause of tension between the parties involved, many going back before the plague. What were the sources of tensions in each case? What are the similarities in these different movements? Read Aberth. Chapter 4 (documents 14-16, pp. 72-78) and Chapter 6 (Intro and Documents 23-27 SKIP doc. 22) David Nirenberg, Epilogue: the Black Death and Beyond in Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996), 231-49. This week, we looked at three very different reactions to the plaguelegal action over prices and labor, the flagellant movement, and violence against Jewish communitiesfocus on two of these and argue that they were linked by a fundamental similarity. You may choose to focus on one of the areas that came up in classeconomics, social order, religionor something else. Use evidence from the texts to demonstrate that similarity. The more focused you are in your argumentthe more focused your similarity isthe stronger your paper will be.

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