Effects Of The Black Death On The Economy

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The Black Death or more commonly known as Bubonic Plague, decimated European society in the mid 14 century to the extent that it has not been seen since in human history. It not only killed fifty to sixty percent of the population, but it also brought huge changes to the people of Europe. The impact of the plague caused effects on the economy, society, family structure, public policy, health science, religion, philosophy and literature. Its’ effects would last until the eighteenth century and beyond. The population would not be replenished to levels before the plague until well into twentieth century.
The effects of the Black Death, or Bubonic Plague, had severe effects on the economy and society of Europe. Ironically, the laws and responses made by different European states had a much more negative effect on the economy of Europe than it would be hoped. It is important to note that different groups of people fared better than others. For example, there are a few groups in the Northeast of Europe that were not even affected by the plague where people on the coast of the Mediterranean had the highest mortality rates. However, it is quite possible that these groups were affected but there are no surviving records of any deaths, leading historians to believe that the places like Prague in the Czech Republic were untouched.
One of the reasons that the Black Plague was so devastating was because the people of Europe had been experiencing a severe times ever since the century…
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