- Brigit Bara
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The spread of infectious disease has also been linked to communal living quarters, such as monasteries -- or at least it has been theorized that these were some of the hardest hit.
There were also in the past many slave labor camps, which were used to for construction of monumental builiding projects, a favored pass-time of vain emperors and dictators the world over. These slave labor locations cannot have been all that sanitary. Taxation was always increased to squeeze the populations for funds for building projects.
We can be thankful for the earth movers, cement, tools and electricity used today to build and to lay down vital infrastructure. We can also be thankful for the limitations which were placed on monarchies by the English in their laws, which limited the king's ability to seize unlimitied taxes and keep standing armies in time of peace. This was demanded in the English Bill of Rights of 1689, but based on the Magna Carta of 1215. No other country in the world, and esp. not the European Continent, had established these and other limitations on the Monarchies of the time.
Hopefully this provides additional information on the virulence and spread of disease in the past.
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