Topics: Black Death, Bubonic plague, Plague Pages: 2 (496 words) Published: August 6, 2013
The effects that the Black Death had on Europe were quite devastating and various. There were many different impacts in each aspect of life for those Europeans. The impact on population and economy of Europe were severely significant. For the impact on population, the bubonic plague killed over a third of the population in an area that was already weakened by war, hungry, a struggling church structure. The plague decimated the workforce. In most places, it took over more than 60 years for the population to bounce back. As the plague tore through Europe, entire cities were wiped out. Several groups were blamed for the spread of the plague, especially the Jews. They had a low mortality rate which was probably due to the better sanitary conditions instructed by their religious laws. This would seem to have had a positive effect, but this would later come back to strike them as this seemed like they have something to do with the plague. Many believed that that they had poisoned the water and many Jews were killed for this untruth. People reacted differently to the mysterious disease. While some people turned to contrition and prayed for salvation, others turned to debauchery and increased sinful behaviour; they argued that nothing mattered anymore if everyone was to die anyway. Superstition, scapegoats, religious fervour and fanaticism were only some of the things that were considered a possible solution to the problem of the Black Death. Some believed that ringing the church bells (which was done in all kinds of crises) would drive the disease away. Others expressed their feelings and thoughts about death and the afterlife in art (like poetry, sculpture or painting).  Although there were negative effects of the Black Death, such as the dramatic fall in population and uprising conflicts between those who survived, there were positive outcomes as well. Following the demise of Black Death, the medical education and knowledge improved. New ideas, the introduction of new...
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