Could the coronavirus pandemic have an effect as lasting and profound as the Black Death?

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"The global crisis unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic is starting to look like a historic inflection point," writes Jerome Roos, who teaches political economy at the London School of Economics, on the New Statesman. "While we do not know how long the outbreak will last and how severe its fallout will be, it is difficult to shake the feeling that we are now at a threshold between two eras."

In his piece, "How plagues change the world", he writes about how pandemics such as the Black Death have changed the course of history, and asks whether the coronavirus crisis could be similarly transformative.

You can read the full piece here.

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