The Land and the People

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Purple= potential id question Red= potential essay question Introduction: The Land and the People January 18, 2011 I. People A. Population 80 percent of population in Western Europe were peasants 17 percent were townspeople 3 percent were nobles, rulers, church B. Transportation of peasants Did not exist until as late as the 1830s Most transportation by oxcart; stagecoach or horse if they had money Most people never traveled farther than a 10 mile radius from where they were born Difficult to transport large items until invention of railroads in 1830s C. Communication of peasants About 4/10 men could write his name; roughly 1/10 women could do the same Very few schools and no proper education Books were very expensive and new News didn’t travel well or fast D. Lifestyle of peasants Low age expectancies: men died at average age of 40; women at age of 35; ½ of all children died before age of 5 Children were valued most when they were old enough to work Bad weather caused difficulties with agriculture
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- Mini Ice Age that beg an in 1300 and lasted until 1850; constant rain; m ore than 1 mil p eople died; h ard to grow crops Bad hygiene a nd rarely h appy or content Ate m ostly bread E. Religion of peasants Rites of passage: baptism, marriage, confirmation, burial, etc. Needed religion to make sense of what happened in their world
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2011 for the course HIST 1003 taught by Professor Zucker during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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