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The Black Plague and the Italian Renaissance  

Between 1347and 1350 the pandemic known as the Black Death devasted Europe. In Italy, the epidemic had a shattering impact on Italian society, a society which was transformed by social, economic, cultural and religious changes. These modifications resulted in the emergence of the Renaissance, one of the greatest periods in human history. It was more than just painting and sculpturing that were changed by the plague but also architecture, city planning, religious celebrations, traditions, and literature were transformed as well. Throughout the course comparisons will be made between the events that unfolded during the Bubonic Plague to similar events that we are experiencing during the present pandemic.