The Impact of the Black Death Cause and Effect Essay by Master Researcher

The Impact of the Black Death
A look at the Black Death and its impact on European society.
# 36232 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 25, 2003 in History (European) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper depicts the Black Death of Europe that devastated millions across the continent and explains how it was caused by rats and fleas from the Black Sea. The paper reveals that Europe lost twenty-five million inhabitants from this plague; the paper then discusses the effects of these deaths on the importance of the Church's authority and the feudal system.

From the Paper:

"The plague arrived from the Black Sea. Boats docking in Italian ports carried a hidden cargo of rats, and the rats carried their own cargo of blood-sucking fleas. Some of the rats were infected with a bacterium called Yersinia pestis, probably picked up in Asia. Yersinia pestis causes the plague. A rat can stay alive with some of these bacteria in its body. But when the bacteria multiply into the millions, invading the rat's nervous system or lungs, it will sicken and die. And the fleas that feed on its blood will slurp up a mouthful of plague bacteria along with their dinner. When the rat dies, its fleas jump off, and look for another "host." Meanwhile, the bacteria multiply quickly in the flea, filling up its intestines and blocking the passage of food. The flea, finding it nearly impossible to eat, frantically looks for new sources of food to still its hunger."

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