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Which elements in terms of narrative story-telling devices and themes do they have in common?

What does each diary contribute to our historical understanding of their respective plague event? What do plague diaries allow us to see that other kinds of historical sources do not?Explain

 

Read and complete a historical analysis of excerpts from three plague diaries of eyewitnesses to the Plague of Athens (Thucydides) Black Death in 17th century England (Samuel Pepys) and Covid-19 in 21st century Wuhan China (Fang Fang). These diaries will be made available to you.

 

The paper must address the following questions:

Which elements  in terms of narrative story-telling devices and themes do they have in common?

What does each diary contribute to our historical understanding of their respective plague event? What do plague diaries allow us to see that other kinds of historical sources do not?

You should draw on your notes from lectures and readings to provide some context and background for each of these plague events.

No outside sources are required for this paper. If you do elect to use outside sources provide a bibliography at the end of your paper. This will not be counted towards your word limit.

Hint on structure:

One option would be to divide the paper into three sections with each section devoted to one diary.

Consider ordering your paper chronologically. For each diary be sure to address the three questions above.

Be sure to include both an introductory paragraph as well as a concluding paragraph that sums up what we have learned.

The paper must be 3-4 double spaced pages approximately 900-1200 words. It should be submitted to Turn It In on our Canvas course site.

Pepy’s Diary:
https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/

Fang Fang:
https://glose.com/read/wuhan-diary/contents