Yes! I cannot see how people fail to grasp this. It’s 2016. In the 5th century when the Western Roman empire collapsed it sent shock waves through Europe and into North Africa and Asia. As you have already mentioned in this piece, the Black Death had global effects even though, to Europeans at the time, it probably seemed a terror localized to their community. How many instances of this can we cite? The world is simply TOO INTERCONNECTED — and for the best, albeit imperfectly — for anything to happen in isolation.