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The subject of my statement was the industrial era, worldwide. All I imply about other times is that the exponential population growth is less clear for them.

The "entire recorded history of Europe" is an interesting case, especially since the Crusades. The ever cutting edge military "competition" complements Catholic birth rates nicely. The colonialist expansions were bringing resources to European imperial centers way before the industrial revolution, right. We can say that Europe has its own way of dealing with resource totals. In that way the European history  confirms rather than falsifies significance of resources.

by das monde on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 at 08:45:30 PM EST
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The "not very effective population checks" are a clear feature of the industrial revolution era.
implies very clearly that it was not a feature of the preceding epochs.

Which is wrong, as anybody who has even cursory familiarity with European economic and demographic history would know.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 at 11:50:35 PM EST
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Rlight, that implies that it is not a feature of anything else, anywhere anywhen. And that there was no Europe exceptionality in the last thousand years.
by das monde on Tue Jun 30th, 2015 at 01:06:16 AM EST
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