Marked For Death

In this 'not sure where what point I was trying to make' post, I look at two events the severely damaged the European continent.

Fist up....

The Black Death or Black Plague killed 50 million (some estimates peg it even higher at 75-200 million when Eurasia is considered) people or 60% of the entire European population in the 14th century.

Yet remarkably the Italian Renaissance, which led to astonishing achievement and lasting influence right through to the Age of Reason and The Enlightenment, still took place.

World War I killed 20 million people while the range for World War II is 40-85 million. But on a percentage basis it wasn't as profound with about 3.5% of the population dead (recall not every country was involved and I did exclude colonies) in the former and 3% in the latter but this includes the world population at the time of about 2.3 billion.

None of this includes Stalin's part.

Right after, Germany, Japan, France and Italy experienced economic miracles and still managed to remain among the wealthiest and most prosperous nations in the world.

For the record, about 490 million people have been killed in war.

The human spirit, huh.

Don't under estimate it.


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