The Black Death Changed Europe

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Jalen Josey
Mrs. Feagley
Honors English 9
7 April 2015
The Black Death
The Black Death changed Europe (and the entire world) in ways we can still observe today from a historical, societal, cultural, and medical standpoint. The Black Death was a very deadly outbreak of plague.
Plague is a very deadly bacterial disease. It has been a recurring force that has wiped out much of the world’s population during it’s outbreaks. The bacteria that is responsible for one of history’s most deadly diseases is Yersinia pestis. Yersinia pestis first infectes a rat. The rat is then the host for a flea. The flea feeds on the blood of the rat which is infected by the bacteria. For a reason still unknown today the bacteria started multiplying in the flea blocking it 's stomach. This caused the flea to throw up the infected rats blood into the human when it feeds on it.
Thomas Malthus, a British economist, wrote in his An Essay on the Principle of Population that three things could keep the human population in check. He said war, famine, and disease were these three things. So far in history The Black Death has been the only thing to put a dent in the human population 's exponential growth. That means that in World War Two, which killed over 60 million people which is about three percent of the world’s population in 1939, did not stop the growth of the population at all.
The Black Death has changed the world in more ways than we can understand. The human population has a carrying capacity. The…
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