The Black Plague is also known as the Great Pestilence, the Great Plague, Black Death, and the Bubonic Plague. The Black Plague was a combination of three different plagues. Bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic. The most common plague was the bubonic while the pneumonic plague was less common but deadlier than bubonic. The septicemic was even deadlier and killed all of its victims. During social studies we have been looking at the Black Plague. We have learned about the causes and symptoms, the history of the plague, and how Christianity and Islam reacted to the plague. In this blog post I will be talking about what I have learned, questions, what I want to know, and unclear things to me.
What I have learned so far is that the reason why the Black Plague spread throughout Europe was mainly because of the trade routes. We identified that the trade routes were close to the parts of the places that had gotten the plague. The simulation/game helped me understand more because we were on trade routes and some people had gotten the plague or cholera, and had put more beans in it which made it harder for people to survive. And because it was contagious it spread from person to person faster. Another thing that I had learned was that it originated from China, then later was brought to Europe and spread via trade routes. Something I want to know is what are the possible reasons historians debate on today about how the plague was caused aside from fleas and rodents. Because according to the paper ‘The Black Death: How Different Were Christians and Muslim Responses’, it says that ‘Although the causes f the plague are still debated by historians today, most believe the Black Death was caused by bacterial strains.’ So I was wondering what were other possible reasons that historians debate on to how the Black Plague started. I also want to know what happens if you pop the buboes aside from pus coming out. Would you die? A question I have is if people with religions during the plague prayed what did people without religions do? Did they just hope for the best? Something that I wonder is if you were near or touched a buboes what would happen. I wonder if they would also get buboes, if they would get the plague, or if they were fine. Another thing I wonder is if The Black Death is lurking till this day, and if it is, even if you take the medication could you still die or does the medication work 100 percent. These are the things that I have learned, what to know, questions, and things I am unclear about. Although there are much more that I need to learn I think that this was a really interesting topic about a huge disaster.