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Ring Around The Rosie's Essay

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Ring around the Rosie’s:   The power of the Black Death
Emily Shelton
HIS 103: World Civilizations I
November 19, 2011

Ring around the Rosie’s:   The power of the Black Death
The Black Death, swept through Western Europe in early spring of 1348.   The disease had already swept through the east, and now was making way through Europe.   The disease was from the bacterium known as Yersinia pestis (Wade, 2010).   There are three different forms of the disease, but the most common is the bubonic plague form.   This transmitted from fleas that are on the infected rat, which then bites the human giving them the disease as well.   (National Geographic, 2001)   The implications the disease had on Western Europe were more than just the death by the disease.   Because science had not yet revealed to the people of the time what caused the Black Death, there were several theories that were going around.   Understanding what the disease did to kill will aid in the understanding of the reason behind the theories that explained why it was happening.   The Black Death, not only took many lives, but it also caused chaos and confusion within the economic and social backgrounds of every city, town, and village that were stricken by the disease.  
What exactly is the Black Death?   First, it was from the bacterium known as Yersinia pestis. (Wade, 2010)   There are three different forms of the plague.   The first is the Bubonic Plague, which is the most common form, known for its buboes, which are painfully swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, groin or neck.   Septicemic plague, which spreads in the bloodstream, comes either via fleas or from contact with plague-infected body matter.   Lastly there is the pneumonic plague, the most infectious type, is an advanced stage of bubonic plague when the disease starts being passed directly, person to person, through airborne droplets coughed from the lungs. (National Geographic, 2001)   Symptoms were more than just that however.   The plague was quite...

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