The Last Plague in the Baltic Region, 1709-1713

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Museum Tusculanum Press, 2010 - History - 537 pages
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This book offers a thorough description and analysis of the terrible plague epidemic that ravaged the Baltic region in the years between 1709 and 1713 -- at the same time when the region was razed by the Great Northern War (1700-21). Sweden under Carolus XII had lost its supremacy, and Russia under Peter the Great emerged as the new major power in the region. With the marching armies came the plague and its effects, which were particularly devastating, since it hit a population already weakened by famines and desolation caused by the war. Drawing on substantial documentation in city and state archives, the study addresses a range of important discussions touching on the far-reaching consequences of the plague across the region: including mortality rates, symptoms of the disease, treatments, how the disease spread, why some parishes, villages, houses and families were particularly hard hit, the measures taken by the authorities to confine the epidemic and the reactions of people to these measures. Offering detailed information of the plagues demographic and economic consequences, as well as tragic accounts of its victims, this volume constitutes a fascinating synthesis and assessment of a devastating chapter in the regions history.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Chapter
23
Chapter
29
Elsinore before the plague
85
Demographic conditions in Elsinore before and after
95
Social conditions in Elsinore before the plague
105
Sociogeographical structures in Elsinore
119
The passenger from Stockholm
131
Villingebæk
287
Birkerød Parish and the tragedy at Høsterkøb
299
The parishes of Værløse Jørlunde and Slangerup
307
A summary of the plague in North Zealand
313
Copenhagen before the great plague
323
The first days of the Health Commission at
333
The villages
443
The end of the plague in Herfølge
451

The plague in Lappen
139
The supply of Elsinore with foodstuffs
237
The plague in Tikøb
247
The establishment of the cordon sanitaire
267
Græsted Parish
275
The plague in the eyes of the Egebæk Commission
281
Roskilde
459
The duchies of Schleswig and Holstein
475
a Bremen
483
BIBLIOGRAPHY
517
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