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AP European History Summer Research Directions In the Fall Semester, we will begin our examination of European History with the Italian Renaissance (1375 – 1527). However, to understand this rebirth of Greco-Rome culture we need to look at the period just before it. This era was called the Late Middle Ages. This tumultuous epoch involved terrible diseases, wars, and a breakdown of the Catholic Church. However, as is often the case in history, the tragic times bred positive results. The high death toll was also the death of feudalism in Western Europe. The wars led to powerful centralized states that launched voyages of exploration ultimately leading to the formation of the United States itself. The questions below can easily be researched using the internet or books found at the local library. The Black Death 1. What type of disease was the Black Plague (a.k.a. “The Bubonic Plague) and what was thought to have been the primary mode of transmission? The bubonic plague is a bacterial disease that, the infection of the lymph glands, that developed in the middle ages. It was believed to have been passed on by fleas to rats on merchant ships. The rats then passed it on to the people on the ships who easily passed it on to any1 they came in contact w/ all they had to do was breath on them. The plague made areas turn black or purple. About 6 million people died from it. 2. What role did geography play in the spreading of the disease between 1347 – 1350? If the plague had just stayed in one city, the containment might have spared Europe. Unfortunately, the plague spread when people fled to other cities. It is believed the plague originated in Asia, and moved west with Mongol armies and traders. 3. What parts of Europe seemed to have avoided at least the worst of the plague? Offer your own analysis of why this may have been the case? 4. Giovanni Boccoccio was one of our most reliable chronicler of the time period. Find the a primary source called The Decameron and discuss what Boccoccio tells us about the people’s reaction to the disease. What did they think caused it and, contrast the various reactions? 5. How did medical science (the term “science” did not even exist) attempt to deal with this terrible sickness?
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6. Examine the social and economic impacts that resulted from the spread of the plague. You should find some information about the decline of feudalism in the west and an event known as the Jacquerie in France. 7. While many major cities suffered terribly during the plague, there were also some
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