Even if you’re not in a coastal region, or the mid latitudes, most people live near water He gives the example of Egypt here o It’s a heavily populated state but the people are heavily packed near the Nile o 4 biggest population density clusters Eastern Eurasia (East Asia in particular) Eastern China, the Koreas, Japan, even down to Southeast Asia Over a billion and a half to 2 billion people in this area South Asian region India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. There’s about another billion here Western and Eastern Europe (and the Western fringe of Russia) The United States From the Mississippi all the way to the Eastern seaboard is one continuous, highly concentrated area of people o So why are so many people in these specific places? There’s more going on than just the physical world Cultural historical reasons as well – civilization and other innovations humans have come up with have made these places highly populated Civilization itself has created booming populations Think about China and India – they have a long continuous history of stable civilization
He compares this to a compounding interest on an investment in the stock market In continuous civilizations, things started small but they continued have more people making more people So what about the Aztecs, the Egyptians, Mesopotamia? o These ancient civilizations didn’t have conducive physical environments to grow their populations and they weren’t continuous But Europe and the US aren’t ancient?
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- World population