by Anngwyn St. Just, Zen Gardner:
Given that plagues have been known to alter the course of history, this recent Ebola epidemic deserves our studied attention. Epidemics qualify as one of the “Greater Forces” that have the potential to alter our world as we know it and this has been true throughout human history. Plagues often serve as catalysts for major social, political and economic upheavals. To date, the four deadliest epidemics include; Black Death outbreaks from 1347-1351, during which bubonic plague and its airborne pneumonic offspring decimated some 3/5 of the European inhabitants. We now know that this is a flea borne plague, which kills about 2/3 of its victims within four days, recognized at least as far back as the Roman Empire and the Plague of Justinian in 541 A.D. This painful scourge, which reportedly left some 25 million dead, decimated nearly half the population of Constantinople, now modern Istanbul. An estimated 5,000 citizens died every day. In modern times, bubonic/pneumonic plague was utilized by the Japanese as one of the several bio-weapons employed by their Imperial Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1941). They introduced infected fleas into Chinese territory, ostensibly in the interest of conquest and colonization.
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