Black Plague Mid-Fourteenth Century Analytical Essay by scribbler

Argues that the Black Death of the mid-fourteenth century demonstrates that diseases are neutral beings, which do not choose the social, religious, economic, gender or age of its victim.
# 152140 | 1,905 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2013 in History (European) , Medical and Health (General) , European Studies (General)

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This paper reviews the timeline, history, geographic outbreaks and theories about the pandemic Black Plague of the mid-fourteenth century, which changed the religious, military, economic, political and cultural life of European. Although statistics do vary, the author underscores that millions upon millions of people died especially along the more heavily populated seacoasts resulting in a marked reduction in population throughout the European continent. The paper investigates the ramifications of this pandemic especially to the religious and economic institutions.

Table of Contents:
Background Information
Religious Ramifications

From the Paper:

"Some events in history have conflicting events and timelines and the Black Plague is no different. Depending upon what materials are referred to or read, some authors placed the beginning of the Black Plague in 1347 while others 1348. Still there are those that marked the start of the event earlier and spanned even decades. In general, there has been a solid recorded timeline of 1347 as the beginning of the pandemic and concluded in 1350. In an account of a Franciscan friar named Michael of Piazza, he described the torment of the first victims of the Black Death, which arrived, apparently out of the blue, in Sicily in 1347. An even older account of the devastation of the plague happened "in the late 1320s or early 1330s, bubonic plague broke out in China's Gobi desert. Spread by flea-infested rats, it did not take long for the disease to reach Europe (Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 2002)." It was no surprise that during those times, trade via land and sea routes were prevalent between the Asian, African, Arabian and European continents. Aside from the vast richness brought during the trading, there are more diabolical offerings that the travelers brought home."

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