The Bubonic Plague Essay

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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 will give a more in-depth look at the alterations to society and the effects that followed. The Black Death or “Bubonic Plague” of the Middle Ages in Europe was a very infectious disease among humans and rodents. The name “Black Death” derived from the side effects caused such as dark spots “based on the medieval descriptions of the dark spots on the skin that gave the Black Death its name” (A.W, 3). The bubonic plague mainly “affects rodents, but fleas can transmit the disease to people” (GNU, 1). Once people are infected, they infect others very rapidly. Plague causes fever and a painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes. The disease was thought to have originated on the “arid plains of central Asia, where it then travelled along the Silk Road1” (Elisseeff, 1). The disease was then carried onto merchant ships that crossed the Mediterranean and spread through trade across Europe. During this time, there was no advanced medical technology that could cure this deadly form of disease. Therefore it became known as “the Perfect Plague”. This was because there was no medical knowledge of the sort during this time

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