The Black Death was one of the most shocking epidemics in human history. Caused by a single flea weighing 1.08 mg, carrying Yersinia pestis, a bacterium that would be responsible for the plague (Lee, 2017). The bubonic plague of 1347-1350, killed up to 1/3 of the population throughout Europe and turned its social structure into a tailspin. Significant modifications in population have severe outcomes on social structure. When the plague rolled into Europe, it was not bias on who it would infect. It attacked the weak, strong, rich, poor, men, women, and children of all ages and Europe saw a dramatic drop in population which caused turmoil within the economy for those that survived. Large plantations were left without successors and provided an opportunity for those that survived to claim property of their own. It also, gave labors the chance to request for higher wages or a change to improve their own employment opportunities. Labors were now scarce, which caused agriculture to decline and prices to drop dramatically.
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