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Black Death

Black Death, common name for an epidemic of bubonic plague that swept through Asia and Europe in the mid-14th century, perhaps halving the population of Europe. Caused by a bacterium, the disease was carried by flea-infected rats. Its economic effects were far-reaching, among other things fanning flames of superstition and religious prejudice.

See also: Bubonic plague.

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