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Does that mean that people in 800 A.D. lived better than people in 1700?One thing I've always wondered: if these small, primitive communities were eating so well and had so little disease, how did they keep their populations down? Did they practice some sort of birth control or infanticide? Or were their young just more likely to die young in accidents or violence? How and why did the population of Europe explode starting in the 1700s if the average person was so much less well off then?
On average, it looks like Northern Europeans did live better in 800 than in 1700. They lived in smaller communities, so they were less prone to disease. They often ate better, because they were growing or hunting their own food. Early cities in the seventeen-hundreds, on the other hand, were crowded, with open sewers, and food often spoiled or was less than fresh.
I've been wondering these things for years...does anybody out there have any insight?