- Is it feasible for historians to use the Black Death as a 'turning point' in European history or was it a catalyst for a latent social and cultural 'revolution'?
- How did such an event shape European ideas about religion and economics, social mobility and luxuries?
- Was medieval Europe 'depressed' economically and culturally after the events of the later fourteenth century?
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