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Energy crisis and growth 1650 1850: the European deviation in a comparative perspective

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  • Malanima, Paolo
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    The present article adopts a comparative perspective contrasting the agricultural civilization of Europe with the agricultural civilizations of other regions to understand the reasons for Europe s transition to modern energy carriers. In Europe especially in the West and North specific ecological conditions determined a stronger need for energy than in other coeval agrarian civilizations. The rapid growth of the European population from the second half of the seventeenth century onward, on the one hand, and worsening climatic conditions, on the other, determined an energy crisis and a lowering of living standards, especially in the second half of the eighteenth century and the first two decades of the nineteenth. After 1820, a shift to different, cheaper energy carriers laid the foundation for a new age of growth.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Journal of Global History.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 01 (March)
    Pages: 101-121

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:jglhis:v:1:y:2006:i:01:p:101-121_00

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    1. Enric Tello & Marc Badia-Miro & Xavier Cusso & Ramon Garrabou & Francesc Valls, 2008. "Explaining vineyard specialization in the province of Barcelona (Spain) in the mid-19th century," Working Papers in Economics 201, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.
    2. Klas Rönnbäck, 2014. "Slave ownership and fossil fuel usage: a commentary," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 122(1), pages 1-9, January.

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