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How did the Black Death Affect Worldview

Social Studies
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Tiffany Min

on 12 October 2012

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By Kiera Frederickson and Tiffany Min How Did The Black Death Affect Worldview? How did the disease start, what were the symptoms and how long did it last? Plague infected rats bit the victim, which caused fever and pains, and the victims were tired but unable to sleep. They become dazed, talking wildly and feels giddy. The later symptoms were buboes, black egg sized blisters on their groin, blood, pus, purple blotches due to internal bleeding, smell of their breath, sweat, blood, urine and excrement was horrible. Most died within three to five days. Were there any cures, what were they, was anyone quarantined, who was most affected? While there was no complete cure for the disease, there were herbal mixtures used to soothe the body. Vinegar was used to clean the body, and lavender and rose were used to cure head aches. People lighted incenses and filled their homes with sweet flowers to ward off the disease. Many believed that the disease was in the bloods, and the only way to cure it was to bleed out. No one was quarantined, but people were advised not to leave their homes to avoid the disease. The poor were most affected, because they lived in dirty, filthy conditions, as well as cities, because people lived close together and the disease spread easily. How long did it take for Europe to recover from the Black Death? The Black Death lasted from 1347-1350, but outbreaks of the plague continued for around 150 years more. The plague is still around today, but there are less victims than there were in 14th century. How was the disease spread, where was it, what was the survival rate? Did the Black Death spread and kill people in Africa and Asia? About how many people died everyday because of the black death? How did the black death affect worldview? Reference The Black Death by Timothy Levi Biel
The Black Death by Phyllis Corzine
Our Worldview Textbook
eyewitnesstohistory.com/plague.htm
middle-ages.org.uk/black-death.htm
83renaissancenotes.wikispaces.com
www.wikipedia.org The disease spread by air and contact. There were dead bodies lying on the streets, and contact with these might have given them the disease. Also, any caretaker or family of the victims were likely to get the disease, it was highly infectious, so it was best to avoid all people of the disease. Unfortunately, the survival rate was less than half. The black death is believed to start in the Gobi desert. It then spread to Europe by rats, which traveled on ships and caravans meant for trading. In a similar way, the Plague traveled to Africa on the trade route. In 1348, the Black Death reached Cairo, killing about 200,00 people. At its peak Alexandra, a city of 100,000, it killed around 750 people a day. The death rate varied in each city. Between October 1347 and December 1347, 800 people died in Paris each day, while in Avignon, 400 people died daily. An estimate over 7000 people died each day. The Black Death came with many consequences and affects. Some of them include peasants moving from the country to towns, increase in prices and wages, greater value placed on labour, the feudal system declined, and the black death was responsible for it. Also, farming land was given over to pasturing, which gave a boost to the cloth and woolen industry and influences from churches declined, as people became disillusioned with it. Also, Jewish people were targeted even more, them fleeing to Poland and Russia, and it led to distrust in God and the church as people realized religion couldn't stop the disease from spreading.
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