Plague and prejudice


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History Today
Vol. 66, no. 3 (March 2016), p. 31-37


Epidemics spread mistrust, as communities seek to blame their plight on outsiders or those on the margins of society. Or so it is believed. Yet, argues Samuel Cohn, the historical record reveals that such outbreaks of disease are more likely to bring people together than force them apart and when anger does arise, it is often targeted at insiders