As an international trade center, Venice was especially vulnerable to the Black Death; the city established a quarantine hospital in 1432. The post is based on a recent article by SRA member Igor Linkov and others.
Published in the journal Environment Systems and Decisions, the article draws parallels with today, suggesting this historical experience may prove useful in thinking about the nature of resilience in the context of responses to modern-day challenges like Ebola. Access the National Public Radio blog post here.
Linkov, I. et al (2014). Risk and Resilience Lessons from Venice. Environment Systems and Decisions. DOI 10.1007/s10669-014-9511-8.