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Video The Black Death (documentary)

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A well presented and educational documentary about the Black Death which struck Medieval Europe during the mid-14th century. It is remarkable that after all this time, we still haven't managed to overcome one of the greatest hurdles which has afflicted mankind since our earliest beginnings, namely - plague and disease.

I'm sure most of you will remember reading about The Black Death, also referred to as the The Bubonic Plague and The Black Plague in history class during schooltime hours in earlier years. Though I'm sure that, like me...you never imagined that you'd live through such a similar catastrophe in your own lifetime. In our modern arrogance, we had assumed that we would or could never again face such a similar predicament as our Medieval ancestors, what with all our modern advancements in science and technology. But all such former arrogance can surely now be brushed aside - we are as vulnerable as we've ever been.

Whether through the power of prayer, or through good old fashioned scientific advancement.......let us hope that this global coronavirus pandemic never becomes our Black Death. We no longer depend on silly Medieval notions such as a God punishing us for our misdeeds as sinful humans...but even with our 21st century technology, we feel just as scared and vulnerable as our 14th century ancestors.


 

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A well presented and educational documentary about the Black Death which struck Medieval Europe during the mid-14th century. It is remarkable that after all this time, we still haven't managed to overcome one of the greatest hurdles which has afflicted mankind since our earliest beginnings, namely - plague and disease.

I'm sure most of you will remember reading about The Black Death, also referred to as the The Bubonic Plague and The Black Plague in history class during schooltime hours in earlier years. Though I'm sure that, like me...you never imagined that you'd live through such a similar catastrophe in your own lifetime. In our modern arrogance, we had assumed that we would or could never again face such a similar predicament as our Medieval ancestors, what with all our modern advancements in science and technology. But all such former arrogance can surely now be brushed aside - we are as vulnerable as we've ever been.

Whether through the power of prayer, or through good old fashioned scientific advancement.......let us hope that this global coronavirus pandemic never becomes our Black Death. We no longer depend on silly Medieval notions such as a God punishing us for our misdeeds as sinful humans...but even with our 21st century technology, we feel just as scared and vulnerable as our 14th century ancestors.


Interesting documentary. To this day we're uncertain about how the black death was transmitted - the fleas on rats theory has long gone out the window. I always imagined if there was a pandemic in modern times we'd know exactly how it was spreading but this isn't really the case.
The one parallel I'd draw between covid-19 and the black death is the importance of travel routes. Despite proclamations from everyone that the disease will sweep through the 3rd world, so far the evidence suggests that the disease goes where international businessmen go the most.

I don't see a lot of other parallels between the two pandemics, statisticians will not find much evidence of covid-19's death toll outside of New York, northern italy and spain. The black wiped out 40-50% of the European population
 
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Interesting documentary. To this day we're uncertain about how the black death was transmitted - the fleas on rats theory has long gone out the window. I always imagined if there was a pandemic in modern times we'd know exactly how it was spreading but this isn't really the case.
The one parallel I'd draw between covid-19 and the black death is the importance of travel routes. Despite proclamations from everyone that the disease will sweep through the 3rd world, so far the evidence suggests that the disease goes where international businessmen go the most.

I don't see a lot of other parallels between the two pandemics, statisticians will not find much evidence of covid-19's death toll outside of New York, northern italy and spain. The black wiped out 40-50% of the European population

Some good points here, but by no means should we be complacent regarding the currrent global coronavirus epidemic....it has within it the seeds of destructiveness potentially equalling earlier calamities, including that of the 14th century plague in numbers. In saying that, I hope I am proven wrong and COVID-19 passes by without the death toll of earlier cataclysmic events such as the aforementioned. Hopefully this virus comes and goes with as little suffering as possible.
 

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BBC pumping out the fear porn propaganda to terrify, create paranoia, and panic the population into submissive control.
Fear,Uncertainty Doubt (FUD) never fails to work on simple ,unquestioning herd minds.
Wake for FFS, you are being played.
Rebel against this by shaking hands with your friends and family.
 
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Some good points here, but by no means should we be complacent regarding the currrent global coronavirus epidemic....it has within it the seeds of destructiveness potentially equalling earlier calamities, including that of the 14th century plague in numbers. In saying that, I hope I am proven wrong and COVID-19 passes by without the death toll of earlier cataclysmic events such as the aforementioned. Hopefully this virus comes and goes with as little suffering as possible.

When it comes to death, we have an entirely different response threshold to our ancestors. 200 years ago a child of ten years old would have been conscious of the fact many of the kids born around same time as him were dead already. Up until about 60 years ago TB was still killing in large numbers in Ireland. Go back further and you can add measles, diphtheria, cholera, smallpox and all sorts of nasty influenza strains that came around from time to time. Armed conflicts killed far more, proportionately, as well. The Great Irish Famine killed 1/8th of the population at least, the 1740-41 famine killed the same, Cromwell's visit coincided with a 25% population reduction, wars of plantation - large population decrease, Bruce invasion - many killed and many many more die from famine.

People were more religious because there was very little evidence that they could control the world and hold off death all by themselves. Nowadays, people put their faith in governments and science and believe that death and danger can be held off. The response to the St. Stephen's Day tsunami was very revealing, many demanded to know who was responsible because they had placed their faith in science and governments and couldn't countenance the notion that something could be beyond the ability of modern science and governments to control. There is less danger in the world now but far more media coverage of the few dangers that there are: as a result the modern westerner believes that everything can be controlled apart from a small few things such as terrorism and pandemics. Modern westerners are more anxious because of the way the mass media bombard them with images of certain dangers which threaten their world.

The world has never been safer.

I'd suggest everyone check out Stephen Pinker from time to time

 

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BBC pumping out the fear porn propaganda to terrify, create paranoia, and panic the population into submissive control. Fear,Uncertainty Doubt (FUD) never fails to work on simple ,unquestioning herd minds. Wake for FFS, you are being played. Rebel against this by shaking hands with your friends and family.
The Documentary's from 5 years ago.
 

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I don't believe they did. DS appears to have just pulled it up from YouTube.
 

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Where did it start in Europe? (3:16 in Vid)
 

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I think I once read the first case of the black death was in Kilkenny city.
 
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since watching the BBC's coverage of The Crusades, i am sad to say that their History Street-cred is zero.
 
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