East Tennessee State University professor of history Dr. Brian Maxson will lead an informal book discussion about The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, by John Kelly on July 18 at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in this conversation in the library’s first floor Reading Room. The Great Mortality discusses the pandemic in the 14th century which killed a third of Europe’s population. According to author Kelly, this event still stands as “…the greatest natural disaster in human history.” The book examines the historical context of the plague and its social consequences.
Dr. Maxson is Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of History at East Tennessee State University. He is the author of The Humanist World of Renaissance Florence, (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and the co-editor of a second book, After Civic Humanism (CRRS, 2014). He was a visiting fellow at the Marco Institute at the University of Tennessee in May 2014. In the spring of 2015 he will be a visiting fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy.
For more information contact the library at 423-434-4454.