Fast Development Of Europe Via Malthusian Model Essay

909 Words Jul 7th, 2015 4 Pages
The warfare was extremely usual during 16th to 18th centuries in Europe, the average percentage years under the warfare is 89 %, that means there were 89 years under warfare in any of these three centuries. Along with the wars, there were plague and diseases outbreak Europe. All these indicate a high mortality in the early middle ages, and Europe’s income per capita had risen sharply during that time. The article explains the fast development of Europe via Malthusian model, and compares it to the rest of world like China. The First Divergence was the start of building the leading position of economy for Europe, since the European urbanization rate was far behind China in the eighth centuries, and GDP per capita was also lower than China during year 960 to year 1300. After the first divergence happened in 1500, Europe’s GDP per capita was increased rapidly and it is much higher than the rest of world’s GDP per capita. Because the technology growth and the Black Death of 1350, the growth of European economy was incredibly fast through the First Divergence and then the Great Divergence. Since then, Europe keeps staying at the leading position of economic development. The complicated reasons cause frequent wars and death, and also disease and hunger in Europe. The phenomena that from rich to rich in Europe is explained by Malthusian model, that “the amount of land per person was the prime determinant of per capita output” (Voigttlander and Voth 2013). Thus, nearly half of…

Related Documents