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Why The Black Plague is Partially (But Not Completely) Responsible For the Renaissance

Why The Black Plague is Partially (But Not Completely) Responsible For the Renaissance

The death of thirty percent of Europe's population in the fourteenth century permanently altered the medieval social order, and many scholars credit the Black Plague with ushering in the Renaissance. But this is not the whole story-after all, plagues have ravaged the ancient world throughout human history without a similar cultural flowering to show for it. We look at other factors that ran parallel to the plague to transform Europe's culture.