Doing history: Plague past and future – A second response to Mischa Meier


We are thankful that Mischa Meier has engaged with our work. Further discussion of the Justinianic Plague will only present new avenues forward and improve everyone’s understanding of late antiquity. Meier’s second response raises questions that have wider implications within the historical discipline and are worth discussing more closely. He claimed we argue that: If historians want to present new findings and insights, they must work and publish in the same way as Mordechai and his colleagues. We disagree with such a categorical statement. Rather, we believe that historians can present new work and insights in diverse ways.

Publication Type
Journal Article
Timothy P. Newfield
Adam Izdebski, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Janet Kay
Medizinhistorisches Journal