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The Black Plague

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Lisa Healow

on 6 October 2016

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Transcript of The Black Plague

The Black Plague:
Rumor Has It
99 Problems
Caused by bacteria that lives in the stomach of (some) fleas that live in the fur of (some) rats
When the fleas infect the rats, and the rats die, the fleas move onto a new host
If the host is human: problem
I Knew You Were Trouble
The Black Death was a combination of three plagues (bubonic, pneumonic, septicemic), with the most common being bubonic - called that because of buboes, or painful, inflamed swellings filled with pus
Within three to six days of the buboes appearing, 50-80% of victims died
Pretty Hurts
Causes: God's anger with sinful humanity, comets, the alignment of planets, demons and the devil, tainted air

Solutions: religious rituals, sanitary laws, blaming (and persecution of) Jewish people, travel restrictions, magic, bloodletting

Results: decrease in population (1/3 Europe, 1/3 England, 1/3 Mid East, 35 million China dead) = increase in the living wage, massive migration of Jewish communities, loss of confidence in Church
Fleas on Rats
1346 - European traders began to hear reports about a plague in China; within five years the plague had killed between 25 and 45% of the populations it encountered
but the plague ain't one
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