From medieval pandemics to the first globalisation models

Amedeo Feniello, Dino Pesole 

Pandemics and financial bubbles are not an evil belonging exclusively to our times. The historian Amedeo Feniello and the economic journalist Dino Pesole retrace almost eight centuries of history, beginning with the climate changes in the 14th century and continuing with the “Black Death”, to conclude with the first financial bubbles following the birth of modern banks. What answers were provided at the time by European countries and China? What lessons can we learn that may help us to deal with today’s crises? The journey ends with a comparison of globalisation in the 14th century and that characterising the new geopolitical balance in the last few decades, imagining what sort of globalisation models may establish themselves after the coronavirus pandemic.