The Black Death Plague Analysis

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The Black Death killed about one third of Europe’s population during the Medieval ages. Not only was the large population loss traumatic, but the loss of livestock, goods from trading, and those who were not sick, were isolating themselves, banding together, or fleeing the area. Although this disease was devastating, it brought along with it some positive influences, such as jobs, the end of feudalism, the creation of worker’s rights, the increase of industry, and the development of medicine (Damen, 2013). Farming the land and raising livestock was the main way of life in Europe during this time. However, the plague not only killed many people, but it also killed many animals, including the livestock. Many people were forced to leave their …show more content…

Many homes were being abandoned, as well as market places. Many people were not able to receive the help they needed from doctors or priests, as they were too afraid to get the illness. Many people died in pain and loneliness. Others were banding together in groups outside of the cities, trying to survive. However, this plague brought with it some important influences. With the loss of many people and abandoned farms, peasants were able to create a living working where needed. Wage disputes began and people were receiving higher compensation for their work efforts. With a lack of workers, the demands for higher pay were being met. This ended the feudalism in Europe for the peasants, along with increasing their rights. Farming and living in the country started to decline in popularity. Due to the lack of workers, people were turning to industry to suit their needs. Along with this development of the economy, came the developments in medicine also. The people were becoming more aware of how cleanliness can affect their health, and so, were beginning to adopt more sanitary ways of life. Experimenting through trial and error seemed to influence the advances in medicine during this plague

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