The notion that the Black Death from the middle ages is similar to modern day Ebola is a fascinating one, and one that can easily be contrasted. Sure, there are quite a few differences when it comes to the Black Death and Ebola; but even more similarities when comparing the two. From the actual science behind each disease, to the amount of people affected, even the countries that each infectious disease reached. The Black Death and Ebola are actually quite similar.
The Black Death. A plague that ravaged all of Europe in the 14th century. Millions died from the infectious disease, that almost crumbled all of society in Europe. This pestilent disease had tormented and slain through the 14th century all the way to the 18th century. Relating to that topic, in the short story, "The Masque of the Red Death" , It proclaims that a ravaging disease cripples the townsfolk in the story. The Red Death and the Black Death are almost alike because for one, they are both portrayed as diseases, for two, they both are claimed to kill thousands of innocents, and for three, they are both classified as a "pestilence".
The Black Plague, a disease many would agree was both one of the most devastating and poignant events to occur in European History. A time of persecution and suffering, many had to endure the effects that the Black Plague brought with it. Amidst the consequences suffered by those carrying the disease, came the ramifications that those who were not directly affected experienced. A few ramifications were self-evident, such as trade, others were concealed within the fear that the population had lost so much already, they could no longer afford to lose anything else, whether that be dignity or pride. The plague caused many to question their religious outlook, the lack of knowledge caused false cures to develop and affected the interactions throughout Europe.
In comparing to Black death and AIDS, both are epidemic disease, but the harmful consequences of the Black Death were in large scale in Societies and economies than AIDS. During the Black Death, food production collapsed because a huge number of farmers died which led to femine happen (Tignor). The famine caused the shortage of food and it helps to raise prices, work stoppages and unrest. On the other hand, AIDS was not that effective on economies like Black Death had. Even though, AIDS is a life threatening disease, but modern technology discovers the remedy of this disease which keep stabilize the AIDS in present day. And also, during the Black Death, many people migrated to another place for their safety, family broke up for avoiding victim
In my opinion, I don’t think it’s accurate to say that disease is an “unseen enemy” throughout history. The diseases mentioned by John Aberth are smallpox and the bubonic, also known as the Black Death. They both show symptoms of it taking place inside the human body. So in a way, they are not an “unseen” enemy. For example, the bubonic plague is spread through the bite of a flea. if a person was struck with the bubonic plague, swelling of the lymph nodes or buboes would occur in the neck, armpits, or groin, depending on where the fleas infected the target. Accompanied symptoms would include internal bleeding, high fever, and headaches. This would ultimately end in death. The symptoms of smallpox are another example that disease is a visible
The reactions from the Christians and the Muslims to the greatly feared disease, known as the Black Death or the Great Plague were different in several ways. The first Plague was documented from 541 to 544 CE. Known as the Plague of Justinian. The Plague came in three different ways: bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic. With bubonic being the most common.
The Black Death The Black Death, also known as the Bubonic Plague, was one of the biggest pandemics in the world. It started to spread from Eastern China, to Europe in the early 1300’s, and it reoccurred multiple times during the years to come. Merchant ships and rodents were the two main ways this disease spread and infected humans (The Black Death 1348). The symptoms for this plague were extremely painful and death was the most likely outcome in most cases.
The Bubonic Plague: The Black Death During the late 1330’s in Europe the population was growing dramatically. This caused food shortages, which began to worry the people. The summers and winters were harsh not helping with the crop harvesting. A famine broke out, and it is now known as the famine before the plague.
The middle classes protested against the dominance of the old church because it was largely controlled by the upper classes and administered largely for their benefit. They looked down upon the artisans, merchants, lawyers, doctors etc. who constituted the middle class and were not willing to associate with them. The rise of nation-states and new monarchy who were keen to establish their absolute rule also greatly contributed to the Reformation.
During the early sixteenth century the Church began to experience loss of respect and many challenges due to the corruption within the church. Many began to think the church was dying. This would cause the reformation. Throughout the age of reformation, the political and social spheres of Europe were also significantly affected, as well as the religious movement, through Martin Luther, the printing press, and the opinions of the people. The reformation is often viewed as a religious movement, yet it also affected the political and social aspects of Europe as well.
Overall, the reformation had many major positive and negative impacts on the development of Europe. The reformation lead to the ideas of equality and the rights of an individual. Both of these ideas came from the religious aspect of the reformation. The idea of equality come from the Christianity aspect and the idea of the right of an individual came from the Protestants. The reformation gave people a sense of Liberty that they had never felt before due to the rule of the Church and rule of the different Empires.
Today, religion plays a less important role. It is up to each individual person which religion they choose to practice, or if they choose a religion at all. Without the Reformation, religion may still be forced upon people rather than negotiable. Additionally, the Reformation brought about the translation of the Bible.
New ideas about religion, politics, and culture, swept across Europe in the sixteenth century. The cultural norm began changing in ways that have affected even modern day society. People began questioning powers, especially in church. A major part of the Reformation was the call to purify the church. Many important and notable people drove this cause, and they acted as reformers.