The Black Death Helped Bring About the Modern World

The Black Death wiped out a third of Europe’s population in just a few years. But the peasants and laborers who survived wielded newfound power over their masters.

The Black Death was the greatest calamity ever to have struck Europe, more lethal by far than the destructive wars of the twentieth century. In the space of a few years, the mysterious plague wiped out as much as a third of the European population. Historians coined the term “Black Death” long after the great […]

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