What changed, and what survived, as a result of the plagues and disasters of the fourteenth-century in Afro-Eurasia?
In the end of the fourteenth-century the population of the Afro-Eurasiadecrease in astonished numbers, China lost 40 million people over a course of a century and in Europe was not different, one third of the population perished. Plague and famine killed peasants andaristocrats, priests and rulers, some citied had lost 1,000 people a day, no one had seen death in this scale before. This paper in going to explore what changed and what survived after the collapse of thesociety. The world as they knew was never the same again.
It is amazing to realize that some institution survived despite of the fact that the world had shrunk abruptly, religion for instance, if wetake Europe and Christianity, people still believed and prayed and church kept their charitable and bureaucracy functions, but not in the same way. Peasants disappointed with their clerics, many priestshad perished or fled far from the plague, started to seek new forms of spirituality and the church divided inside and out had not the same power as before. In fact the way that Catholic Churchreacted led in the end to a bigger disruption and reforms. To the Islam in the other hand, religion was a way to reorganize and unify their people. Islamic centers as Egypt, Syria and Iraq talked a commonlanguage, Arabic because was the language of the Prophet Muhammad and their language of devotion, this was a link between people from different regions.
Religion and the way of the people adorechanged after the plague but the biggest turning point was in the political order. The power vacuum created by the chaos, revolts and war lords, allows new political orders to emerge and the big dynastiesarose. Ming dynasty in China, Ottomans, Safavid an Mughal empires in the Islam and some national monarchies in Europe were established based in three main fundaments, first the ruler families...
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