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The Plague

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Jake T. Engel

on 6 November 2013

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The Plague

The Black Death: A (Debatably) Necessary Evil
1. From Peak to Trough
How would life today be different if the Bubonic Plague never occurred?
- The mass epidemic of the Black Plague forced major advancements in medicine and the medical field.

- It led to discoveries in how disease was spread throughout a large population.

- The Plague significantly decreased the population of Europe and surrounding areas.
Do you think modern medicines and practices are enough to prevent a similar plague?
Closed Question #1

What were the general socioeconomic conditions in Europe before the outbreak of the plague?
Closed Question #2

Approximately how many people died to this disease (may be percentage or number)?
Closed Question #3

Identify one positive effect and one negative effect of the Black Death.
2. "The Great Mortality"
3. On the Other Hand...
Europe was doing well economically coming out of the High Middle Ages
Climate change ("The Little Ice Age") caused famine and economic stagnation
A combination of growing cities, famine, and poor medical practices set the stage for the Plague.
The disease was carried by fleas; these fleas generally lived on rats, which were often stowaways on ships and were quite common in cities.
The fleas that bit humans infected them with the Plague, which in the later stages could be spread through the air (which explains why it spread so quickly).
Due to little medical knowledge people had during the time, many people caught this disease. In some cities, as much as 50% of the population was wiped out.
Despite the staggering loss of human life, people actually began to have more rights.
Due to decreased population, many nobles needed manpower, and had to negotiate fairly with peasants (they actually got PAID for work!).
Despite the de-urbanization movement that was prevalent during the Plague, cities repopulated faster, leading to the rise of industry.
Cultural Impact?
The plague inspired works famous today, such as:
Dance of Death (Ring-Around-The-Rosie)
And many lesser works depicting images such as Hell, the Grim Reaper, and streets filled with bodies.
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