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Malthusian Crisis o Thomas Malthus tried to explain why everything went wrong in the 14 th  century o He argued that these were the causes: Population grows exponentially Natural resources grow arithmetically (much lower rate than  exponentially) Once a population outgrows its natural resources, nature will bring  it back into balance through mortality (starvation and disease) Europe 1000-1300 o Agricultural revolution (before 1000) o Population increase Europe is safer Increased food production o Wasteland brought into cultivation o Food production increase o Rise in Towns and Cities o Low food prices Due to increase in production o Low wages for labor Due to so many people Landlords would rent the land out to peasants and hire other people  for less money to work their land. o
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2011 for the course MDST 201 taught by Professor Hamonic during the Fall '10 term at University of Tennessee.

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