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Political Effects of the black plague.

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paulandrea masso

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During the black plague the government was not stable. They did not know how to handle the situation and improvised as they went along. This was because the plague caused a political uprising. At that time, the Roman Church had complete rule and say over the government. The Pope was more powerful than kings and led the church and the government. What the plague did was it opened the eyes of many followers of the church. Since so many people thought that the plague had to do with God, they thought that praying and making amends for their sins would cure them or their loved ones of the sickness. Not only did that not work, but high ranking church officials such as bishops who were supposed to be close with God, were also infected by the plague. This weakened the church follower’s faith in turn wreaking the government and leaving it unstable.
By: Paulandrea Masso
Ordinance of Laborers
The value of Livestock went down due to the disease.
The wealthy classes went and made a law that prevents the rise in cost of labor,this cased the ordinance of laborers in June 1349.
The Ordinance stated than men and woman of the lowest class (peasant class) should work for the same wage as they used to earn five through six years before the plague began.
When one would disagree they would be sent to jail.
The effect of the law was that there was disagreement and bitterness between the Political and Social classes.
Effect on Social Classes
The Black Plauge effected Europe's social classes in many ways....
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By: Paulandrea Masso , Juliette Cortes, Omayra Ramirez , and Megan Morales.
Political Effects during
Time line of Black Plague
430 B.C
First record on a disease that is believed to be the Black Plague.
A famine forms for seven years known as the "famine before the plague".
The plague reaches Italy in the winter. Next, the Plague reaches France and Germany in January.
Government Part 2
By: Paulandrea Masso
The governments actions were few during the black plague. Since the government revolved so much around the church and all the praying was not paying off many followers turned their back on the church and therefore the government. There was no known cure for the death so the government had nothing to fund and medicinal research was few if none. The government tried to prevent it by encouraging people to completley lock themselves up or avoid anyone that had the disease. This led to orphaned children and divorces. The government did nothing to stop this and continued advicing people with wrong ideas. The truth was the government was just as lost as the people themselves.
Thanks for watching us and we hope you learned something about the political effects during the Black Plague.


Paulandrea Masso

Omayra Ramirez

Megan Morales

Juliette Cortes
The pandemic comes to a near end.
Bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin and Shibasaburo Kitasato both isolate the bacteria that caused the Black Death. Yersin discovers that rats are the cause to the spreading of the disease and the bacteria is named Yersima Pestis.
The European Fuedal system
Many people had died because of the plague including peasants. This caused the amount of laborers to be scarce.
Europe had a hierachy called the feudal system.
Because wages of pesants went up the distinctions between classes were no longer clear.
For once the peasants had some sort of bargaining power and leverage.
Peasants woud demand higher wages from there lords, if the lords refused they would go to other lords who accepted their offer.
1/3 of the population in Eastern Europe is wiped out.
The Plague reaches Eastern Europe in places like Scotland and Ireland.
The Great Fire of London destroys most of the rats and fleas that carry the plague bascillus.
The Great Plague of london begins in March killing 43 people by May, 6,137 people by June, and 17,036 people by July.
The Plague devestates most of Central Europe.
by: Juliette Cortes
The Black Death resulted in infecting most government officials and political figures.
As more authorities died from the plague, the government became more disordered.
When the government fell apart, foreign sovereigns stepped in and claimed power.

After the Bubonic Plague had ended, the European society had a whole new look. Although, many local governments had already collapsed before the Black Death because of the Great Famine (1315-1317) and the Hundred Years War (1337- 1453.)
By the 1370's the decrease in population had significantly increased wages. Parliament (controlled by landowners) had passed a Statute in 1351 aimed at limiting the rise in wages.) Landlords also tried to enforce to the letter their rights to labor services and to prevent peasants leaving the land.
1349 burning of Jews (from a European chronicle written on the Black Death between 1349 and 1352)
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Second Statute of the Ordinance of Laborers, 1351
Map of where the Black Plague spread
The Black death spread all over Europe and Central Asia.
The helpful websites that assisted us were:
Britannia: Sources of British History. (2002, April 9). Retrieved March 14, 2015, from http://www.britannia.com/history/docs/laborer1.html
History of Plague. (2014, November 18). Retrieved March 14, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/plague/history/
The Black Death - Social Effects. (2001, August 2). Retrieved March 14, 2015, from https://themedievalera.wikispaces.com/The Black Death - Social Effects
The Black Death: The Greatest Catastrophe Ever. (2008, December 16). Retrieved March 14, 2015, from http://www.historytoday.com/ole-j-benedictow/black-death-greatest-catastrophe-ever
By: Omayra Ramirez
By: Megan Morales
The Black Plauge had forever changed the fuedal system in Europe.
So many people died that many jobs were available. There was a surplus of food which made it cheaper and something that poor people would not have to worry about anymore.

Executive systems also had to adapt. 50 million people died in the 14th century, or 60 per cent of Europe’s entire population over the major outbreak of the Black Death. As a result, the number of laborers declined, and the wages increased. Many people also fled abroad, so land was abandoned, rents were not paid, and tax revenue declined. The government officials struggled in their attempts to create order out of chaos.
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Mortality in the Plague Year, London 1665 ( based on the Bills of Mortality). This is a graph of the number of deaths in 1665 during the Great Plague.
This is an illustration of the chaos caused by the Black Plague.
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