Implications of the Black Death Term Paper by Nicky

A brief look at the research on the various effects of the Black Death.
# 145842 | 879 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 29, 2010 in Art (History) , History (European) , Religion and Theology (Islam)

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The paper looks at how Dan Yeloff and Bas van Geel explore the Black Death's impact on the economy of the rural European landscape. The paper then examines Justin Stearns' treatment of the ancient religious aspects of the Black Death and Myron Echenberg's discussion on how the French imposed their colonial power on the Senegalese during the plague. Finally, the paper reviews the Worcester Art Museum's 37 works of Baroque masters who worked in Italy in the "midst of the plague".

From the Paper:

"Researchers Dan Yeloff and Bas van Geel write in the Journal of Biogeography that the Black Death (in the mid-14th Century) impacted the economy of the rural European landscape. When the population declined the production of cereal agriculture suffered enormously, but Yeloff (2007) believes that because of "political instability" and "climate deterioration" the production of grains in Europe had already suffered prior to the Black Death. During the Black Death period, arable land was likely used for grazing, the authors write; and in the aftermath of the Black Death, grazing itself was "greatly reduced" due to a shortage of farmers (between 30% and 60% of the population died) and due to a reduction in cattle (Yeloff, p. 576). The upshot of the lack of grain growing and cattle grazing led to "consequent regeneration" of the forest's "woody tree species" (Betula and Corylus) and until those forests could be cleared in the early 15th Century, open land for grazing and cereal agriculture were hard to find (Yeloff, p. 580."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Echenberg, Myron. Black Death, White Medicine: Bubonic Plague and the Politics ofPublic Health in Colonial Senegal, 1914-1945. Oxford: James Currey, 2002.
  • Stearns, Justin. "Contagion in Theology and Law: Ethical Considerations in the WritingsOf Two 14th Century Scholars of Nasrid Granada." Islamic Law and Society 14.1 (2007): 109-129.
  • Worcester Art Museum. "Landmark Collaborative Exhibition Examines Art's Responseto the Bubonic Plague." Retrieved February 26, 2009, from
  • Yeloff, Dan, & van Geel, Bas. "Abandonment of farmland and vegetation successionfollowing the Eurasian plague pandemic of AD 1347-52." Journal of Biogeography34.4 (2007): 575-582.

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