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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Centuries of expansion and efflorescence were first halted then decisively reversed through a series of catastrophic events during the 14th century. The worst famine in recorded history, the worst bovine epizootic, the two worst health crises - the Black Death of the 1340s, then the second pestilence a decade later - and a series of extreme weather events as the global climate cooled. This course explores and explains these events, with a particular focus on England, and assesses how human responses to these dramatic events set northwest Europe on the pathway to modernity. 


Course dates

30 Jul 2023 to 05 Aug 2023

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

25 Jun 2023

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code