Case Number 44
The case begins with an interesting historical detail: during the year 1129, there was a military attack on the region of Huaiyang that resulted – as often happens – in a serious epidemic. This epidemic is not recorded in the official History of the Song nor in other documents. This may be due to the fact that, limited to the region, it did not impact the politics of the reinstated dynasty in the new capital, Hangzhou. Xu Shuwei, as in a couple of additional cases, mentions that alien tribes were raiding the region in which he lived, and connects this invation with the epidemic.
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