The Effect of Crisis on Religion in Europe: Black Death vs. Wwii
How did Black Death and World War II affect religious beliefs in Europe, with a focus on the effects it had on both the Roman Catholic Church and Jews?
Candidate Name: Katie Miller
History Extended Essay
Supervisor: Mr. Derek Parsons
Word Count: 3,133
This essay is a comparative analysis of the effect that two major crises in Europe had upon religion. Europe was a central hub for both the events of the Black Death, as the place where the devastation of the plague was most accurately documented, and World War II, as it was the main theater during the conflict. Both events are …show more content…
Many of the European people believed the plague was God’s method of punishing mankind for their sins, “because the ways of humanity were inhuman,”1 a belief that found favor in the eyes of the Church. This view led to two drastically different ideas and behaviors. Some, who believed there was no escape from the plague or God’s wrath, saw no reason to repent and their sinful behavior saw an increase in both quantity and debauchery. One London cleric even wrote an epic entitled Piers Plowman that reads “So Nature killed through