OSHR 1647 - How "Black Death" Changed the World

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

In the 1340’s, Black Death (bubonic plague) devastated Europe and killed more than 25 million people in less than five years. Even after the worst was over, bubonic plague persisted with smaller outbreaks until the 1600’s. With so many dead, medieval society never fully recovered. The plague caused enormous changes in religion, art, societal structure, politics, and economics systems, all of which changed western civilization forever. This class will discuss the cause of bubonic plague and how it spread so quickly. We will follow the course of the epidemic from Italy, then through France, England, and Scandinavia.

We will explore how the plague affected religious practices and persecution, changed political systems, and transformed the European economic system. We will also lean how art and literature reflected the horror and transformations that were occurring.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.