Learn about the impact of population growth and important milestones in human history and view other key data including land use, fertility rates, CO2 emissions, life expectancy, and urbanization.Learn about the impact of population growth and important milestones in human history and view other key data including land use, fertility rates, CO2 emissions, life expectancy, and urbanization.
Children are not frequent subjects of medieval art, but the figure of the child does occur in a medieval artistic and literary form known as the Danse macabre or Dance of the Dead. Originating before 1348, this art form was not the result of the plague epidemics, but medieval artists found the iconic image a useful means to express the morbid and anxious views of death prevalent in the later medieval and early modern periods. Poems and murals painted on the walls of churches depicted Death, portrayed by skeletons, as drawing all members of society, from the highest secular and religious officials, down to the lowest, such as the peasant, beggar, and child, into a deadly dance to the grave. The human subjects express their dismay as intractable Death is not swayed by their riches or pleas for mercy. Although, again, this artistic form is not directly related to plague, it can be noted for our purposes that it is death that separates the child from his or her family and not the family that has abandoned the child to die.
Marchant, Guy. La danse macabre. Paris, 1485. Facsimile. Annotated by Shona Kelly Wray.
Crash Course - In which John Green teaches you about disease, and the effects that disease has had in human history. Disease has been with man since the beginning, and it has shaped the way humans operate in a lot of ways. John will teach you about the Black Death, the Great Dying, and the modern medical revolution that has changed the world.
Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information. Search by the key words black death or plague. Don't forget these encyclopaedias have ready made citations and read aloud facility.
It is best to open the encyclopaedia pages from the portal and then search for an article.
An online collection of magazine and newspaper articles as well as interview transcripts, images and videos. You can sort your results by publication, full text versions and even date. Online databases are available through the portal and many require specific login details.
EBSCO has a specialized history database so it may be best to use this first.
Suggested articles would include:
Some of these databases allow text-to-speech or even downloading the audio. This is great if you listen while you highlight keywords in the text.
Make sure you take notes while you watch videos. Stop and start as required:
How did the Black Death change Britain? Lucy Worsley examines the latest science, and explores how the huge death toll affected religious beliefs, class structure, work and women. (2022)
How the Black Death worked: Black Death, an epidemic of bubonic plague that appeared in Europe in the 1300's. The origin of the name is uncertain; it may come from a mis-translation of the Latin atra mors ("terrible death"). The Black Death was the most dreadful plague in the history of Europe. Historians estimate that in three years the plague killed at least one-third of Europe's population. Its severity was due in part to the people's low resistance to disease; most suffered from years of malnutrition.
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Repeatedly throughout history, pandemics have evolved beyond being ‘just a health crisis’ into social phenomenon that have strained society economically, politically, and culturally for years.
While the diseases themselves respect no boundaries, colours, or ethnicities, they often breed stressful environments that expose the true nature of our social and human values. It is within these circumstances in which pandemics unveil the clear health disparities between socioeconomic classes, as well as the vilification of minorities in media and public health responses.
In this respect, a dissection of the COVID-19 pandemic today will quickly show a reflection of the same discriminatory practices that still existed centuries before.
Primary source materials are first-hand accounts typically produced at the time of the event. Examples might include artwork, plays, poems, songs, letters, journals and writings from that time period.
Historians study the sources that the past has left behind. No statement about the past can carry conviction unless it can be supported by reference to the historical sources, the evidence upon which historians base their ideas and interpretations. Historians inevitably spend a lot of time reading each other's writings, but the real historical work is done – and the real enjoyment is to be had – in studying the sources, the actual 'stuff' of history.
Are there any useful primary source analysis tips in your text book? There will be many online guides as to how to analyze your source but here are a few:
The past, present and future of the Bubonic Plague
The Black Death
The Great Plague - The Black Death - Timeline:
The Great Plague of 1665 killed 100,000 Londoners – one in three of the people living in the city. While kept diaries have provided terrifying testaments to the horrors of that summer, other stories have been hidden in the archives of London churches for centuries. Rare documents unearthed in some of the cities oldest places of worship now tell the story of what it was like for an ordinary person, more often than not living in poverty, as the plague swept through London. This factual drama follows the lives of those living in Cock and Key Alley, one of the dank and dismal yards squeezed between Fleet Street and the Thames – and brings to life 17th Century London at one of its most frightening moments.