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Paul Seabright explores our trading past: Black Death, 14th-century Europe, and a resurgence in European trade. Why? From 2018.

As it advanced across Europe in the mid-14th century, the Black Death wiped out as many as half of the communities it affected. And yet, in its wake, there was a major resurgence in European trade, with long-lasting effects. Why?

Paul Seabright explores the connections between trade and disease.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.

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15 minutes