Need help my thesis!!! Cool website. Anyhow, I am stumped with this 7 page research paper. You'd think after all these years I wouldn't have this much trouble but I kind of ruined myself with the...

Need help my thesis!!!

Cool website. Anyhow, I am stumped with this 7 page research paper. You'd think after all these years I wouldn't have this much trouble but I kind of ruined myself with the topic I chose.

My topic is on black death/bubonic plague. My thesis states how the black plague was a better event for European society than it was worse. Is this even a thesis? I've been suggested to go off on overpopulation but I do not know where to look for sources for that kind of argument. So far I've written about 3 pages about the positive effects of the plague but I don't really feel like I am arguing anything.

Anyone help me out??


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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I can't really tell if you're arguing anything because I can't see your paper.  But if you're saying that the plague eased overpopulation, you are going to need to be sure to prove that overpopulation was a problem.  You are going to need to show what improved after the plague.

The one thing I suggest you think about is how the plague affected the lower classes.  I think that you can argue that the plague made it so that workers had a bunch more leverage over their employers.  Since so many people died, those who remained could demand higher wages and better terms.

Here's a link to a site that even has one part of its lecture entitled "Positive Consequences of..."

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Another thing to think about that, in the long term, one thing The Plague did was to "weed out" those who were physically weaker, that is, a sort of natural selection occurred, and it was the generations who followed who were physically stronger.  Out of these generations were born the empires of Europe, which colonized the world and were not so vulnerable to the next plague, small pox, as the natives of the worlds they colonized.  So one could argue the Plague actually strengthened Europe.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Your topic is a little vague. What came to mind for me is that there has been a lot of discussion and dispute about the plague recently. You might focus on proof discovered recently about the plague and where and when it came into being and spread.
reeja | Student

I would be happy if the following points would be of any help to you. .

It reduced the problem of over population.the sudden reduce in population affected almost all the sectors of life in europe.There was a sudden increase in the status of labourers.there was a scarcity of manpower in various industries and in agriculture.Thus there was an improvement in the economical and social status of the labourers and peasants.Many modern labour movements took place for the improvement of salary nd working conditions of the working class.Peasant revolt is one among them.

The sudden reduce in population affected the market also.

The prices of goods lowered since there were a lowering in the number of the customers.

Another important effect was the termination of serrfdom.

Black Death which caused the death of millions became a cause of the improvement of the field of Medicine.



edwardsforest | Student

Thank you for your response.

I have a week to complete this 7 page research assignment. Honestly, I wouldn't mind changing the topic if the topic I changed to was one that had information that was readily available and on something I could argue with more support. At the moment I am just stating facts about the black plague that were somehow positive and am not really arguing anything.

Anyone have any suggestions for topics on anything from ancient to Renaissance Western Civilization?

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