The Center for Early Modern History invites us to join the fall lecture series, Panic and Plague in 1720 & 2020: The View from Minnesota. In 1720, the Mississippi Company, a project of financial speculation in the Mississippi River region, collapsed. The explosion of this financial bubble coincided and was entangled with the last mass outbreak of bubonic plague in European history in Marseilles, followed shortly thereafter by a devastating outbreak of smallpox in Boston. This series brings together scholars from across disciplines and across the globe to discuss the intercutting relationships between disease and financial disaster in the early 1720s—reflecting on parallels in the early 2020s. View an interactive poster of these events at z.umn.edu/Panic_Plague. The remaining lectures of the series are scheduled for December 4, December 11 and January 22.
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