How Did The Black Death Change European Society

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The Black Death, also known as the Plague, was caused by an epidemic of the bacterium called “Yersinia Pestis”. The pandemic struck Europe in the late-1340s and wiped out nearly a third of Europe’s population. However, this tragedy also transformed European society positively because it created an opportunity for economic benefits and the growth of Humanism.
According to the scholars, “the Black Death first took place in Mongolia in the late 1320s and spread to China and other parts of the Asia.”1 The pandemic reached Florence, Italy in spring of 1348 through the Mediterranean Sea while the European were traveling and expanding trade to exchange goods with Asia2. The source of Plague was unknown at the time; however, several years later,

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