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Unformatted text preview: 2-12Economy Change in Europe 1350-1706• Relation land to Population• Malthusian Catastrophe 1348• there is a limit to population• pop increases exponentially (2, 4, 8, 16)• food increases geometrically (1, 2, 3, 4)• Black Death• european pop growing really quickly, so food shortages began• when it arrives it is able to sweep through a population that is already weakened by food• if you want to increase food supply, you have to invest in agriculture, specifically the soil• have to be able to raise cattle, feed them in the winter and not kill them in the fall• lords want to invest in conspicuous consumption and battlements, not in the manor• if he wants his manor to make more, he can just withdraw more money from the laymen, so he’s not going to invest in his soil• Labour Scarcity• caused by Black Death• lands where there are not sufficient labor• lords try to get laborers from other manors• people wanna move to the town• lords trying to immobilize their laborers...
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2008 for the course HIS 4B taught by Professor Landau during the Fall '07 term at UC Davis.
- Fall '07