The Black Death Changed Our History

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The effects of the Black Death were multifarious and nuanced. However, it is possible to examine a few aspects of the changes it wrought and by so doing, acquire a greater understanding for the way it changed history as a whole. The dimensions of the change covered herein will include demographic shift, revolts of the people, and social upheaval. The demographic change occured as a direct result of the massive amount of people who perished due to the black death, the revolts, and other social upheaval, including religious intolerance, were indirect, but vitally important consequence of the Black Death. All three elements are further connected, and while distinct are inseparable. In the years leading up to the Black Death, the population of Europe had been steadily increasing. While new farming techniques and the development of arrable land helped to alleviate some of the shortage in resources, it wasn’t enough to fully sustain the population. Land is finite, and therefore the production of food had definite limits, no matter how well the farmers of the time planted. On the other hand, Europe had fairly high fertility rates. The two phenomenon of limited food supply and exponential population growth are incompatible leading to what some call the Malthusian deadlock or limit.1 The limit implies that at a certain point the population will outstrip it’s ability to sustain itself, and will…

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