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IN History & Culture ON 22 Jun, 2016
They say doomsday is near. But every disaster this planet confronts, we endure to the end to survive. Of course, thousands and millions die, but some are just happy-go-lucky to survive. If not the people, the planet eventually survives.
Here's a list of apocalypses that we managed to endure anyhow.
The Dust Bowl was a severe drought in the 1930's. It affected Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The reasons being: overfarming, reliance on a small number of crops and lack of rainfall led to soil depletion which turned fertile topsoil into fine-particle dust. The storm winds of the Great Plains caused suffocating dust clouds.
Various soil conservation laws and programs were implemented. Rains also returned to the Plains state. It really seemed like an end of an era then.
Most of us are aware of the Black Death. It was an epidemic in Europe during the 14th century. Reports said it killed around 50% of the Europeans. It affected Africa, the Middle East, and Asia as well. Microbe Yersinia pestis mainly caused the plague.
There were many superstitions regarding this plague. Some believed God's displeasure caused it. The plague is remembered in the form of poetic misconception "Ring Around the Rosie" or "Ring a Ring o'Roses." This Nursery Rhyme is not apropos to any plague or any sinister origins as well.
In the mid 19th century, Ireland was struck by blight. The reason being reliance on a single crop (potatoes). It led to millions of death. Ireland wasn't the only country the suffer. It struck most of the Northern and Central Europe, including Scotland, where it named the 'Highland Blight' or 'Highland Famine.' The blight also affected Belgium.
The Thirty Years War was a series of war in Central Europe between 1618 and 1648 and classified as the last of the Europeans war of religion. It was the longest, most destructive conflicts in the European history. It was a series of conflicts attempted to resolve several matters, in ending the primacy of Catholicism and Protestantism.
It was unarguably the greatest apocalypse in history. The effect conquered every corner of the globe, Antarctica, being the exception. The result was an utter devastation in Europe and Asia,
Approximately, 80 million people died in World War II by pogroms, starvation, and the Holocaust. No food, no running water, no electricity left countries on the verge of chaos or death.
This disease hit the North America in the 16th century. It killed over 60-70 percent of the native population. Powerless to stop the disease, residents prayed to their Gods or committed suicide to ease their suffering.
In the late 4th century, the Western Roman Empire collapsed after nearly a 500 year run as the world's greatest superpower. Historians have endlessly arguable reasons for the cause of the fall. Some of these were invasions by Barbarian Tribes, economic troubles and over-reliance on slave labor, the rise of the Eastern empire, overexpansion and military overspending, government corruption and political instability, the arrivals of Hums and migration of Barbarian tribes, etc.
During the 19th century, the Qing Dynasty faced a declivity. Inflation forced the population to starve, the greedy and rich captured all the lands, and there was a massive influx of drug opium.
Gradually, the population rose in million, which eventually led people to starve to death.
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