Episode 9: Moscow's Plague. The Tale of Dr Afanasii Shafonskii


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Between 1770 and 1772, Moscow saw a virulent outbreak of the Black Death, one of the most feared diseases in European history: Dr Afanasii Shafonskii was one of the men tasked with battling this disease. In this episode, we follow the plague’s progress as it caused death, deprivation, and revolt in Russia’s biggest city.

The principal source for this episode and all of the quotes is:

J. T. Alexander, Bubonic Plague in Early Modern Russia: Public Health and Urban Disaster (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)

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