Lecture 003 - Old Regime Economic Structures

Lecture 003 - Old Regime Economic Structures - Old Regime...

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Old Regime Economic Structures – September 17 th , 2008 Agriculture ¾ of people worked on the lands Agriculture was backbone of economy Most of the energy that was used in early Europe came from animals; all those materials produced for manufacturing was from agriculture: agriculture was not just for food production Most taxation rested in agriculture: taxation for the seigniorial system, the state, and the clergy Position in society depended on the relation to land: people that owned the land were high status people, people who worked the land were lower The relation between output and input towards the land were very low: malnutrition was still quite common: had to produce food, materials, and energy By the 18 th century, in Western Europe, famine was no longer a threat. The state of the harvest was very important to the minds of Europeans. There were wide fluctuations to the price of crops: many factors including health of crops, wars, growing season caused these fluctuations. If food prices got too high, food riots would occur. North-western Europe was pulling ahead of the rest of Europe was pulling ahead of advanced
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2009 for the course HISTORY 1401 taught by Professor Nathans during the Spring '09 term at UWO.

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Lecture 003 - Old Regime Economic Structures - Old Regime...

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