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  •  What truly led to the rise of Europe after the (0+ / 0-)

    plagues and the dark ages was the discovery of two utterly exploitable continents.

    The silver stripped from Mexico alone caused price inflation throughout the world - Europe as well as Asia.

    Civilization previously recovered because there were always new resources to exploit.

    Or vastly reduced numbers:  after the plagues had reduced the population of Europe by 1/3 or more, those who were left had more possessions, more property, more crops at hand. They were "enriched" by the disappearance of huge numbers of people.  Within a generation or two, progress began to be made.

    Are we saying it's OK for 1/3 to 1/2 the world's population to die off in order to "recover" something new and dynamic?  

    Hmmm....

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    by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 10:46:46 PM PDT

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    •  you're more than a few centuries off (0+ / 0-)

      Europe had a great rise in civilization, culture, and trade starting around 900 AD with the invention of the horse collar a better plow.

      We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

      by ScrewySquirrel on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 04:15:42 AM PDT

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