How has the Black Death impacted world history?
- It has caused major social, economic, and political upheaval
- It has had a positive impact on society
- It has had little lasting impact
- It has increased scientific and medical knowledge
The Black Death was a devastating pandemic in the 14th century that killed millions of people in Europe. The cause of the Black Death is generally attributed to the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The plague had a devastating effect on medieval Europe, leading to widespread death and social upheaval.
The Black Death
The Black Death: A devastating pandemic that occurred in Europe during the mid-14th century, caused by the bubonic plague and resulted in the death of an estimated 75 to 200 million people. Quarantine: The practice of isolating people who may have been exposed to a contagious disease in order to prevent its further spread. Rat Fleas: Rats were the primary carriers of the bubonic plague, and the fleas that lived on them spread the disease to humans.
The Black Death is believed to have originated in Central Asia and was carried eastward by Mongol armies and traders. The Black Death was so severe and virulent that it killed approximately 30-60% of Europe's population between 1346-1353. The Black Death caused a decrease in wages and an increase in the cost of goods and services, leading to the first minimum wage law in 1349.
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