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Imagine one half of the worlds population by wiped out in a space of less than a ten years You probably cannot imagine such an event occurring it seems unreal Yet this very thing happened in the between the years 1347 and 1351 in Europe This massive destruction of human life was known as the Black Death This Black Death was an ecological disaster on a global scale The effects of the plague on human and certain animal populations from East Asia to as far west as Greenland were catastrophic All facets of society from peasant to king were affected no one was safe All of society was affected nothing would ever be the same Thus there were many economic social and political effects of the Black Death Before one can understand the effects of the Black Death one must understand precisely what is and what it did The Black Death was the common name for what is now known today to be three different diseases The first and most common of these was Bubonic Plague The Bubonic Plague lasts for approximately six days The early symptoms include hemorrhaging and splotches on the skin Later on various neurological and psychological disorders can occur Bubonic Plague is fatal fifty to sixty percent of the time The other two forms of the Plague Septicaemic and Pneumonic were both much more rare but much deadly killing ninety-five a hundred percent of the time The Black Death did not originate in Europe however It originated in Central Asia far away from Europe So how did it get to Europe and why during the Late Middle Ages Before the time of the Late Middle Ages infrastructure was vastly underdeveloped Thus diseases spread by humans could not possibly spread far as most humans did not move too far from their homeland By the time of the Late Middle Ages trade and infrastructure had evolved into an advanced state Trade routes connected
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