The Plague and Fire of London

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A study of the twin disasters of the 1665 Great Plague and the 1666 Great Fire of London. The Great Plague, the last significant outbreak of that horrific medieval disease, marked a turning point in the approach to medicine as Europe moved out of the medieval era. This course will examine how London faced these two catastrophes, how they reacted, where they sought to put the blame, and what they did to build a new future for the city and change London from a medieval to a modern city.

Jake Frederick is associate professor of history at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.  He has published articles on native political factionalism and race in colonial Mexico in Ethnohistory, The Americas, and the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. Before becoming a historian, Frederick worked for several years as a forest fire fighter, and in 1998 was sent to Chiapas as part of a U.S. support operation for fires in southern Mexico. His interest in fire and Mexico has remained ever since, and is the focus of his current research, examining fire prevention and protection as a vehicle of state governance.

Required text: "1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire" by Rebecca Rideal.


Sunday, June 18, 2017 to Friday, June 23, 2017
$840 double; $1,120 single; $415 commuter

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