Soon traders from India sailed to Europe and infected almost the entire continent. (Ziegler 121) This case was the most famous because of the large number of deaths affiliated with its outbreak. An estimated twenty five million people, one third of Europe’s population, perished during the plague’s four years of existence. (Janis 1) Government, trade, and commerce in Europe almost came to a halt. The Black Death caused the depopulation of about 1,000 villages in England.
One of the things that made the plague one of the worst was that there were outbreaks almost every ten years but still restricted to Europe. It is thought that one third to one half of the population in Europe could have possibly died due to the plague with some towns of a death rate of up to 30 or 40 percent. Very few that were infected with the plague actually survived more than one month after receiving the disease. The Black Death was an incredible event that effected everyone on a physical level, emotional level, or both. The Black Death was more terrible, and killed more people than any war in history.
Just in Europe did it kill one-third of their population, meanwhile completely destroying two-thirds of China’s population, and decimating many Muslin towns. The disease flared and raged so quickly there wasn’t enough time to bury all the dead, so they mainly waited until the end and held a large memorial service. The disease itself was ripping apart the very fabric of society. The virus attacks the lymph nodes and lungs. The buboes formed from the virus are usually formed in the groin or armpit depending on the closest lymph node.
The Black Death was an epidemic that killed over 75 million people worldwide. This “Black Death”, also known as the Bubonic Plague, first popped up in China and the East in the 1330s. This horrible epidemic did not reach Europe until 1347. This disease killed as many as 25 million of the European population of about 80 million between the years 1347 and 1351. While there were many cases of the Bubonic Plague all around the world, this paper will focus on the outbreak in Europe.
Without the demand from these European countries, the farmers lost a huge amount of sales. The new machinery they had just added to this, as over production meant there goods were produces more than anyone wanted. It lead to bankruptcy as they could not afford to run these machinery and profit fell. Together, they both resulted in arguably the worse outcome for the farmers. There are little other things that became a cause; prohibition meant that grain was less in demand because it was used in the making of alcohol.
Nearly 675,000 people died in the United States of this epidemic. The world’s population in 1918 was 1.8 billion to now 7.1 billion in 2014. An estimated 8 million people in Spain became sicken with the flu. Known as the “Spanish flu” it was highly informed about in newspapers across Spain. The Spanish flu had so many people to die from this disease it was referred back to “Black Death” in the middle ages.
By the end of 1348, the plague covered all of Italy and most of France. By 1351, the Plague reached Russia. The third major outbreak was the Great Plague of London, in 1665 which killed 17,440 people out of the total population of 93,000. A fire burned most of the city and ended the outbreak. Human Cases There have been cases of Bubonic Plague throughout the United States.
I am talking, of course, of the Black Death of Europe. The Black Death or as its also known as “Bubonic Plague”, was a serious pandemic that infected Europe and nearly wiped out 60% of its population during its 2 year spread all across Europe. A rough estimate of about 60-200 million people were claimed as victims of The Black Death. At the time, which was around the 1400's, there was no way to cure the sickness and if you had it, you most likely were left to die in the streets. The Black death lingered on for centuries, particularly in cities.
Queen Victoria spread hemophilia to her heirs, leading to the illness of the only son of Czar Nicholas, and the fall of monarchy in Russia.1 All the events are horrible in every way, but have struck a chord with people around the world. Perhaps it is our inherent morbid curiosity. So, the question is, if these events happened once, why can't they happen again? Let us take a look at the most horrible, so far, of the plagues: The Black Death. It took Europe by storm from approximately 1345 to 1361.
The bubonic plague was the most devastating disease that broke out in Europe within the thirteen hundreds. Europe was hit with the worst epidemic that the people of this well-developed continent have ever seen. This new and deadly disease was known as the Bubonic Plague, also known as ‘The Black Death.’ The disease took less than an astounding four years to sweep across the entire continent and kill nearly half the entire population. First signs of the plague date back to the early time, 430-426 B.C., in Athens, Greece. However, the plague first swept through Europe in 1347 and finally ended in 1951.