How Did The Bubonic Plague Affect Society

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The Bubonic Plague

The Bubonic Plague, or otherwise called the Black Death, was the most devastating pandemic seen in human history. It had spread throughout Europe and Asia in the fourteenth century, killing millions of people. Regardless of the high death toll and some future consequences, this pandemic influenced people of the fourteenth century economically, politically and socially in a positive way and laid the foundation of modern medicine.

Before the Bubonic Plague, the overpopulation of people and severe weather caused famine and malnutrition. As a result, the immunity of the human organisms had decreased, leaving people vulnerable to disease. The economy has also been in a non-changing state. A large gap between the peasants and the nobility was obvious and no hope for changes was seen. Feudalism, being the prevalent custom in the medieval Europe, has increased the discrepancy between the wealthy and the
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Many people had made theories about the cause of the Plague. Since Christians were very anti-Semitic, they blamed Jews for poisoning the wells. “Many were in doubt about the cause of this mortality. In some places, they thought that the Jews had poisoned the world: and so they killed them. In others, that it was the poor deformed: and they drove them out. In others, that it was the nobles: and they feared to go abroad.” (Campbell 1). This quote describes how the people after the Black Death were suffering from mental trauma. They were trying to find the reason for this cause, but ended up treating the innocent brutally due to prejudice. “Jews were rounded up, tortured on a stretching rack or otherwise in order to exact ‘confessions’ of instigating or perpetuation the Black Death” (Streissguth 143). The Christian survivors were so mentally traumatized by the Plague, that they started to accuse innocent Jewish citizens for a crime they did not

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