Analysis Essay: Effects Of The Black Death

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Trevor Mr. H HIS 155 10 October 2014 Effects of The Black Death-Analysis Paper The Black Death was a pandemic disaster that affected all aspects of life in the Middle Ages of Europe. Depopulation and shortage of labor hastened changes already inherent in the rural economy; the substitution of wages for labor services was accelerated, and social stratification became less rigid. Psychological morbidity affected the arts; in religion, the lack of educated personnel among the clergy gravely reduced the intellectual vigor of the church. After a brief respite, the plague resumed and touched almost the entire known world. The plague caused significant changes in the civilization of Europe and other surrounding communities. This analysis…show more content…
Therefore it became known as “the Perfect Plague”. This was because there was no medical knowledge of the sort during this time period. It is then proven that the one reason the plague was so devastating was because “medieval medicine had no answers to what it was caused by or how to fight the deadly disease“ (Rosenhek, 4). To see how deadly this disease truly was, Dr. Christopher Duncan and Dr. Susan Scott from the University of Liverpool provided scientific information to give us insight on the harmfulness of the sickness. Both scientists state that the epidemic “spread throughout the continent far faster than any modern plague” and that the plague was in fact “a viral hemorrhagic fever, similar to Ebola.” (A.W, 3). The devastating effects from the plague led the high death rates among the citizens of Europe. The Black Death is “estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe's total population”. In total, the plague reduced the world population from an estimated “450 million down to 350–375 million” (Alchon, 21) in the 14th century. Aside from the Plague deaths, there was also a decline in the birth rate. The net result was that by 1400, Europe's population was half what it had been in 1345. This is known with some accuracy from the medieval church, census, and tax records that have survived. Europe's population took about six generations to
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