How The Black Death Affected Society In The Fourteenth Century

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In the history of the world, many diseases surface among of the many such as the plague knows as Black Death. The tragic and exceptional experience of the Fourteenth Century showed a sharp population decline, bitter internal conflicts in economic area, and the exasperation of social struggles. This paper is to explore the Black Death phenomena, how this disease came about, the consequences, and the impacts that affected the society in the Fourteenth Century.
The Black Death was endemic in Central Asia, and the wars between the Mongols of Genghis Khan and the Chinese triggered the epidemic, as it was spreading rapidly in the neighboring provinces. Moving up to Europe this disease transformed the society and was one of the most important factors in the changes of history in Europe. According to Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia (2013), “The most widespread epidemic began in Constantinople in 1334, spread throughout Europe
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Political and military consequences were evident as wars were interrupted throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. More consequences of the Black Death were the loosening of moral life, the trend to a more superstitious religion, and the development of mysticism that was seen in Europe determined by the disappearance of many priests and especially elite clergy.
Finally, the economic consequences during the Black Death were the closing of numerous stores; people fled areas, and agricultural production decrease. Agricultural lands were unused, abandoned by desperate owners. Farms and whole villages have been abandoned because people were dead or they decided to flee. Agriculture has completely stopped while the crops rotting in the fields and animals wandered unattended. The sudden need of labor leads to higher wages and hence prices; renters could not afford to pay the

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