Essay about The Plague Of The Bubonic Plague

1861 Words Feb 27th, 2016 8 Pages
All throughout history nations all over the world have dealt with deadly diseases, but one in particular brought out the fear in the nations of Europe, the bubonic plague or as others call it, the black death. During the 13th century, medicine was not as developed as it is now, causing England to suffer more than others. According to Cantor (2002) the European nations encountered the bubonic plague in its most brutal state during 1348 to 1349, taking out about a third of Europe’s population (pp. 6-7). He claimed that one big question for this event was whether or not the plague was the full cause for the loss of lives or if there was another cause along with it (p. 11). Cantor (2002) also explained that the reason the black plague stopped in Europe around the 18th century could possibly have been from an introduction to a new species of rats, the gray rat (p. 13). Even though there is controversy based around the plague being spread by rats and how it was stopped by isolation, it may have taught countries useful strategies and ways to grow stronger.
Leading up to the Black Plague in Europe, many other plague outbreaks ocurred, such as the one in the Eastern Roman empire in the sixth century. In 1348 the Bubonic Plague was introduced to the European nations from a type of bacteria called Yersinia pestis which can be carried by fleas that are on the backs of rats, black rats to be specific, or in fleas that are more attracted to humans. Many researchers including Cantor…

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