Epidemics are “moments of fluidity when parts of existing societies are laid bare as not fit for purpose”. Looking at the history of the Black Death, Jane Whittle asks whether our current crisis could lead to new solutions to entrenched inequality and poverty.
These are exceptional times. But the dangers of solitude are a very old theme. Barbara Taylor and David Vincent reflect on the fine historical line between loneliness and solitude in light of Covid-19.
Rebecca Spang will use her work on the birth of modern money, and modern politics, during the time of the French Revolution, to talk about contemporary monetary innovations like cryptocurrencies and recent policy attempts at addressing inequality.