The Black Death A fierce plague swept through Europe in 1348, indiscriminately killing most people who came into contact with it, irrespective of age or social status. This pandemic, which remains perhaps the single greatest human tragedy in history, is known as the Black Death. The earliest known visitation of the plague to Europe may have occurred in Athens in 430 B.C., but it is unclear if the disease that afflicated Athens was caused by Yersina pestis. A disastrous epidemic occurred in the Mediterranean during the time of the Roman emperor Justinian; an estimated 25% to 50% of the population is reported to have succumbed. The most widespread epidemic began in Constantinople in 1334, spread throughout Europe (returning Crusaders were
In the Middle Ages, a great disaster swept across Europe and caused widespread and crippling mortality in many societies. It was well-known as the Black Death, a plague which could be a symbol of the phenomenon, changing the course of world history and transforming the world into a new pattern. The Black Death was transmitted by fleas that in turn live on rats, and it made their way on the ships of Italian merchants, which first brought the plague to Europe. The plague raged through the Mediterranean world in 1348-9, at the same time spreading northwards. “It was invariably fatal that the disease attacked the respiratory system, and it also became more contagious that the plague could be passed by coughing, and resistant to climatic change.”
Prior to the “five year plans”, Russia had mostly a peasant farming economy. The 1750 to 1914 period in Russia was met by a large increase in the available labor force. Coupled with an increase in population, Russia's emancipation of the serfs freed many of Russia's serfdom from perpetual slavery. However, the emancipation process was planned so as to put the freed serfs deeply in debt to the original owners of the land. In fact, many of the serfs were so deeply indebted that they relocated to Russia's cities in search of better work opportunities.
Adam McPherson Mrs. Wheelock Advanced English Humanities 20 March 2012 Black Death’s Curse on Europe “Famines and plague, especially the Black (Bubonic) Plague thinned the population of Europe” (Wheelock). Europe was deeply affected by many diseases during the Middle Ages. As the Black Plague rushed through Europe it also affected the people’s everyday activities, the economy, and the European people’s moral from all the death, which can also be explained from Jeffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. With the Black Plague rampant all over Europe it caused many people to stop doing their everyday activities that they enjoyed. The knights son the Squire was a very active man.
Beginning around 1340, many disasters had changes western Europe. One of those disasters was known as the Black Death(Black Plague). This plague began in 1347 and killed an estimated 30 to 60 percent of western Europe’s population. Starting about 1300, the climate in europe when through a bit of a change. It started to become much colder and much wetter.
People living during that time period had a very low tolerance for disease due to a weakened immune system. The Black Death killed anywhere from 30%-60% of the population of Europe. In the 14th century, this translated to about 75-200 million people. Because the workforce was significantly decreased because of all the death, it gave peasants more leeway to demand higher wages. Prices for goods increased along with the wages of the people.
In fact, the bubonic plague affected England more than once in that century but its impact on English society from 1348 to 1350 was terrible. No amount of medical knowledge could help England when the bubonic plague struck. It was also to have a major impact on England’s social structures which lead to the Peasants Revolt of 1381. The Black Death was caused by fleas carried by rats that were very common in towns and cities. The fleas bit into their victims literally injecting them with the disease.
The church lost man power and impoverishment through not being able to cultivate their vast tracts of land. Many important people including a medieval doctor, Ibn-al–Wardis, and a philosopher named, Gental-da-Foligna died while studying the ways to cure Black Plague. The plague also affected agriculture because their was few peasants to tend to the fields because they were dying and the few left wanted more money because they were doing more work. Next there were many worries and responsibilities during the Black plague. The main way the plague was spread was from person-to-person and breathing on someone.
Known as one of the most devastating sicknesses in history, the Black Death continued killing more and more people. This horrible disease struck many of countries and spread nonstop for 200 years. People tried to protect themselves but nothing worked. At the time it could not be discovered what was causing this virus, but now it is discovered and there is a cure. This paper will show the historical significance of the Black Plague in the middle ages.
During the 14th century people began to become extremely ill with this strange disease they called the Black Death. The Black Death which was now given the name the black plague, could be caught in two different forms; one being the bubonic plaque and the other being the pneumonic plague. The plague was very common in places where there was a very large and crowded population, a lot of rodents and was very dirty. This terrible epidemic took place from 1347-1350. It caused millions of deaths and was highly contagious.