Effects Of The Black Death

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Europe and The Black Death As the winter of 1348 subsided, the people of Europe finally envisioned the spring days ahead of them. Little did they know that the springtime would bring with it a deadly epidemic that no one could have possibly foreseen. The Black Death could not have arrived in Europe at a worse time as much of the population was already weakened from a scarcity of food due to overpopulation and famine. There was barely any time to react as the disease spread swiftly from its point of origin in Asia to Italy, killing massive amounts of people in cites that were overcrowded and ridden with poor sanitation systems. Despite the immense loss that Europeans endured during the Black Death, the political, economic, and religious realms …show more content…
The Black Death did not discriminate against its victims and claimed the lives of individuals in all social groups from peasants to the nobility. It was usually the case that the nobility and wealthy were immune to social disorder, but this would prove false during the Black Death. The nobility and some religious leaders tried to escape death by fleeing from their homes and cordoned themselves off from the rest of society. Unfortunately, this did not last for long and they soon succumbed to the disease. The death of many political leaders caused disarray within the political system which further stunted the progress and expansion of many European countries. Their death also proved that they were human, just like the peasants, despite the incredible power they were granted. This idea would later transform the social realms of society. The European countries affected by the Black Death would have to recreate their political assets in order to …show more content…
Entire families perished and in some cases whole villages were wiped out as the Black Death slithered its way through Europe. The massive death toll was not the only effect of the epidemic. The lifestyle in which the Europeans were used to was completely broken down and the citizens were forced to pick up the shattered pieces to rebuild their lives. The reconstruction of European life brought with it changes that in some ways positively affected people. The political, economic, and religious realms of Europe that once were transformed and operated as a door that would eventually guide Europe out of the Medieval

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