2nd paper Notes - What does the paper need to be?: 1....

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What does the paper need to be?: 1. Intro: describe Herlihy’s thesis and examining what he means by “Malthusian deadlock.” 2. Body: examine all the arguments with which Herlihy supports his thesis. 3. Conclusion: bring in the ideas of Samuel Cohn (who wrote the Introduction) that Oppose various parts of Herlihy’s thesis and assert whether you Agree with Herlihy’s stance on the transformation effects of the Plague or not. Notes: - (31) Malthusian crisis: too many people, land(food) could not support them all, so naturally there were wars, famines, plagues(diseases) epidemics which led to soaring mortality to lower the levels to one that it(land) could support. (32) those who were poorly nourished/ poor were the ones who most likely were to be victimized of the disease. - (31) Malthusian crisis: positive check - Reasons of the Black Death of 1348: 1. populations 2. - (34) Europe (b4 the Black Death) was maintaining @ stable levels of very large #’s of people for a lengthy period. Thus, Europe was not in a Malthusian crisis but was in a stalemate, where it was kept from the incentives of inventing more efficient tools, and allowing the standard of living to increase, because (32-34) the population was not decreasing (was not do to famines and hunger) until the plague came along to decrease the population and raise the incentives to create more efficient tools which raised the standard of living. Note: (33) THE BLACK DEATH WAS NOT IN RESPONSE TO HUMAN #’s. Economically: - 1.] the plague changes the social order by (45) trying to keep the occupations at a constant size while less people were living, resisting to any disturbance or change, (46) the quality of products fell and prices rose. (36) changing the social order: 1. (40) Disorganized the community: creating a panic and causing people to move out of their towns, quit worrying about responsibilities and “drink, eat, and be merry” because they never knew if they would die tomorrow. Now that the plague was killing people, certain jobs were in greater demand. Gravedigger were demanded (41) and given to marginal social groups. (41-42). 2. The average duration of life decreased and there was no other choice other than to hire those who they normally wouldn’t (laymen, men without piety, women, apprentices with no family connection in the trade). Trained physicians, clergy, and
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craftsmen were also thinned out by the plague and needed people to fill their positions. The quality of products fell and inflation rose( they were trying to sell a lower quality product for the same price as the higher quality one, 2 ways to look at it: 1.) quality fell 2.) prices rose) - THE BIG PIC of above: (45) They tried to keep the occupations at a constant size while less people were living, resisting to any disturbance or change. (46) The quality of products fell. -
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HIST 103 taught by Professor Zook during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University.

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2nd paper Notes - What does the paper need to be?: 1....

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