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Title: Black Death Killed 25 million people 13 of Europes population


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Black Death Killed 25 million people! 1/3
of Europes population
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Origins
  • Originated in Mongolias Gobi Desert
  • Traveled with caravans along the Silk Road to
    the Black Sea and then by ship to Italy,
  • Carried by fleas on the Black Rat

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The Black DeathThree forms
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  • Pneumonic
  • Septicemic
  • Bubonic

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Pneumonic
  • Contracted through the lungs.
  • Symptoms include
  • Sneezing
  • High Fever
  • Coughing that soon turns to coughing up blood.

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Septicemic
  • This is the rarest form. Disease travels through
    the blood stream.
  • Symptoms include
  • large black spots on the skin.
  • Usually die by choking on own blood.

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Bubonic
  • This is the most common form of the disease.
  • Symptoms include
  • large buboes appear on the body
  • starts in the groin and arm pits
  • causes fever and delirium
  • death in about three days

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Whos to blame?
  • The alignment of the planets
  • Infected clothing
  • Gods wrath aimed at sinful humans
  • Jews
  • Bad air

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Cures
  • Pomanders -
  • oranges stuck with cloves or a mixture of aged
    molasses and chopped snake
  • Flagellants - religious fanatics who whipped
    themselves publicly with iron spikes
  • Posies - a sachet of flower petals
  • Wreath of onions or garlic
  • Blood letting

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Outcomes of the Plague
  • 1/3 of population lost
  • Initially, plague reduced demand for European
    goods
  • farmers diversified crops

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  • Fewer workers available
  • demanded higher wages
  • more freedom - Peasants Revolts 1378 1382

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  • Some serfs escaped to cities
  • led to the growth importance of towns
  • weakened the feudal system
  • reduced power of feudal lords

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  • People changed their way of thinking about life
  • some became more religious
  • some began questioning the power of the church
  • If the churchs authority wasnt enough to stop
    the plague, maybe it wasnt as all powerful as it
    claimed to be.

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  • began questioning other forms of authority
  • people realized that life was not guaranteed
  • took greater risks
  • tried to make more of life

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