The Reviving Breath of Death: Seeking New Political Beginnings after Epidemics in History

Document Type : Original Article


Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey


This study investigates the reasons for why people seek new political beginnings after historical plagues. The search for such political restarts appeared during the outbreaks of epidemics, but also they still exist among current historians. This investigation is conducted through historical and contemporary interpretations of epidemics. This study concentrates on examples from European and Muslim worlds, but also looks at that of China. It concludes that the meanings assigned to plagues are intertwined with the historical development of political power and its justification by the societies in question


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