The Bubonic Plague In The 19th Century

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The Black Death was on of the most severe epidemics in history. In 1347 A.D., this great plague swept over Europe, ravaging cities and causing widespread hysteria and death. The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30% – 60% of Europe's population, reducing the world's population from an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in 1400. This has been seen as having created a series of religious, social and economic upheavals, which had profound effects on the course of European history. It took 150 years for Europe's population to recover. The plague returned at various times, killing more people, until it left Europe in the 19th century. The Black Plague, one of the worst natural disasters in history, revealed Europe’s indication to use the best available knowledge of the times. During the Black Plague, the people tried to find the reason for this punishment, so they turned to the Church, which played a major role in their lives, for answers. The Church could not provide sufficient reasons for why the plague had occurred, which lead to the assumption that God was punishing mankind of their sins. It was during the Bubonic Plague that anger toward the Roman Catholic Church and the persecution of Jews intensified. The church played an important role in the lives of the people of the 13th and 14th Centuries, and it was forced…show more content…
On Document 1 of “We Intend to Make Known the Causes of this Pestilence,” it stated that it a statement was issued in 1348 by the staff of the Paris medical school in response to a request by the king of France for information about the causes of the plague. The disease associated with harmful vapors infecting the air and it seems to have been similar to the idea that events in heaven, such as movements of planets, influenced what happened on earth, was a well-established and accepted medieval
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