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Historical Populations

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Historical Populations

Post by Citizen » October 4th, 2016, 11:06 pm

Another thread is asking about US imperialism. That got me to wondering why Europe embarked upon colonialism and why the people who lived in Europe were so successful. I looked up historical population figures on wikipedia (obviously wikipedia is not very a reliable source if somebody has more reliable data that would be cool).

just estimated populations.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... on_in_1800
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... on_in_1900

Wikipedia is showing that Europe had a large percentage of the global population. In 1900 roughly 500 million of 1.7 billion? In 1800 perhaps 200 million of 1 billion? Industrialization, intensive farming, and perhaps God being in Europe at the time would contribute to the growth, cheap plentiful food. If it is true that Europe had such a comparatively large population that would explain how the people of Europe were able to fund and implement technological advances, field large armies and submit various peoples. It would also explain European adventurism/colonialism. Europe was too small to contain it's population. It had lots of men (people) who couldn't farm (the land was already stolen from indigenous Europeans and not enough land remained to give to more farmers plus there was already too much food of the kinds they could produce) so other things were found for people to do. Now the shoe is on the other foot. The peoples of the world that were pushed down by European invaders now have the large populations of young healthy people.
Thing is, in many of the growing countries, the environment is in bad shape. Falling water table, soil loss, desertification, drought, deforestation....now Asians and Africans are finding their lands too small for them.
Do you think it is easier for Asians and Africans to invade North America or Europe and Asian Russia?




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