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POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE BLACK DEATH
Transcript of POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE BLACK DEATH
What is the black death?
The Black Death (also known as The Black Plague) became a full blown epidemic in 1347 when 12 Genoese ships docked in the port of Messina.
More than 20 million people died throughout all of Europe
Besides the over whelming number of deaths, there was prosecution of the Jews and others due to fear.
Cities were abandoned or burned down for the sake of sanitary precautions which ultimately only lead to further chaos
High positions where left open as the plague attacked more than just the poor
Was the Black Death Good or Bad?
While the short term effects of the plague might have seemed hopeless to many and at the time it was viewed as horrifying the long term effects show that this had a positive outcome.
Lead to more equality and the creation of middle class
Advancement of medicine and technology
Began separation of state and church as people began to move away from the divine and into the secular
Because of all those who died in the plague there was an abundance of a demand for new services and jobs such as gravedigger, undertakers, physicians, and priests. It is noteworthy to say that woman caretakers where seen as well.
Improved legal system didn't rely on the church.
Depopulation freed resources such as land and rose in the standards for living conditions
Because of more resources there was something to put into the advancement of technology and medicine
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By: Gaby Romero