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    Posted: 11-May-2009 at 13:36
Why did it just compeletely shut it down? I have been wondering this. In todays society, we would just rebuild and restart the economy. But not in the Middle Ages. They actually ended the Middle Age. Why did they do this and not just rebuild? Was it even the ending point of the Middle Age, or was already ending before the Black Death Plague?
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I don't think the Black death brought about the end of the middle ages. Whatever date you give the end of the middle ages, it is only a convenient bench mark in time. 

It is a debatable figure but in Britain it is stated by some historians that half the population died. This is not just a credit crunch! Population numbers were slow to recover and many readjustments in the social structure were needed to make society work again.

Some things carried on just the same after the Black death including the 100 year war. 


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The concept of the "Middle Ages" was invented by the scholars of the Renaissance, to describe the period of time which passed from the "golden" Antiquity to their own "golden" age of learning and humanism.

So whatever factors contributed to the end of the Middle Ages (and the social consequences of the Black Plague might very well be one such factor), it was essentially the Renaissance that put an end to the Middle Ages.

Besides, the "demise" of this era happened gradually and slowly. While signs of transition may be identified as early as the 1300s in some parts of Europe, in others the Middle Ages are reckoned to have lasted well into the 1600s or even later.

Anyway, one should be at all times aware that the sharp divisions of human history are the work of historians and are purely arbitrary.


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I agree with those qualifications, but the major effect of the Black Death was an immediate shortage of manpower which accelerated the growth of labour for hire and an increase in the price of labour, factors which went a great way towards the dissolution of the feudal system with respect to agriculture.
 
But the agricultural economy is only one aspect of the Middle Ages.
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