This paper will show the historical significance of the Black Plague in the middle ages. In the 14th century, a horrible illness called the Black Death hit Asia, Europe, and Africa. It first hit Asia in 1340 then quickly spread to Europe and Africa. Infected people first noticed this sickness by their symptoms of high fevers, and then broke out with red ring shaped marks with dark
The Black Death swept across Asia and Europe during the middle 1300’s. It began in Central Asia. Ships that were used for trading carried rats. When the people got bitten by the fleas on the rats, the fleas gave them the plague. From these ships, the plague spread throughout Europe.
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.
Kevin_Hilliard Reading & Literature Part II Section 3, lesson 1 assignment 1 3/5/2013 The Masque of The Red Death In the year 2023, there was a plague so devastating that the world could not bear. The “Red Death” was so devastating, it destroyed half the population. This horrific plague contained the most horrific manifestations. The manifestations consist of sharp pains, sudden dizziness, and profuse bleeding at the pores with disintegration. Anyone that the plague came upon, caused reddening stains on the face and the body would appear, which caused the individual to be thrown in a secluded quarantine factory.
Dawnsheri Arroyo-Reyes Mr. Shipp Western Civilization I February 29, 2012 The Black Death of the 14th Century The Black Death, also known as the Great Dying, was one of the most mysterious, disastrous pestilence in history during the fourteenth century in Europe, killing more than one third of Europe’s population, estimated 20 million people in four years. Historians believed that the plague began in 1346 when the Mongolians attacked the Christians in Caffa, a trading route in the Black Sea. The Mongolians fought for Caffa in hopes that they would capture it as a trading route. They soon realized that they were fighting an unseen enemy, a pestilence that infested their soldiers. The Mongolians used another tactic.
The Black Death In general, the later Middle Ages was a time of crisis and trouble throughout the world. The plague that is often referred to as the Black Death reached its height in the middle of the fourteenth century. This plague has erupted in the Gobi desert in the 1320's and it spread from there in every direction. In Europe and among the Asian nations there were severe population losses, with the population of China, for example, falling from around 125 million to 90 million during the fourteenth century. Through the 1340's the plague spread towards the west, reaching Constantinople in 1347, then Egypt where a thousand people a day died in Alexandria, and in Cairo seven thousand a day.
The Effects of the Black Death The bubonic plague of the fourteenth century caused not only pain and death, but also the formation of new ideas to help Europe after the economic slump they had been in for decades. The plague, which started in Asia, spread throughout all of Europe killing a third of the European population. No one was safe from the pestilence; clergy and nobles died along with the peasants and scum of every infected area. This sickness, that was spread so easily, managed to leave complete wreckage in its path. John Kelly writes about how the Black Death changed everyone’s lifestyle, changing Europe politically, economically, and socially.
The economic instability of the fourteenth century was brought on by two factors. One factor was the Black Death, which ruined Europe by killing 19 to 38 million people in four years (Spielvogal, 276). But for laborers, there was an upside to this devastation. The demand
This rapid spread greatly effected Europe in the 14th century. The most pressing issue caused by the Black Death was the large number of deaths and the rate at which they were occurring. The death tolls varied from place to place in Europe, and an exact number of how much all together was killed is unknown. However, historians estimate anywhere from 75-200 million people died from the plague within the span of 4 years. In some cities as many as 500-800 people would die daily by this disease.
The Plague Beginning in the mid-fourteenth century, Europe was struck by a series of waves of plague called the Black Death. The first wave alone killed one-third of the population, 25 million people. While there were multiple causes of the plague floating around by word of mouth, it was the effects of the plague that matter the most. The Black Death affected the society, religion, and the economy of the Middle Ages. The change in population was a drastic social effect of the plague.