Economics and Business

The Black Death in Egypt and England: A Comparative Study

Stuart J. Borsch, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005. 195 pages.

In this cross-regional comparative study, Stuart Borsch marshals medieval economic data to address why, following the Black Death, “Egypt’s centralized and urban landholding system was unable to adapt to massive depopulation, while England’s localized and rural landholding system had fully recovered by the year 1500” (dust jacket). After making a quick dispatch of antiquated theories and flawed research, he introduces new findings on medieval Egypt’s sharp financial downturn in contrast to England’s economic stabilization and upswing.

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