Friday, March 04, 2011

Medieval England better off than Haiti

Typical medieval peasants engaged in a legal proceeding of some sort.

English per capita income in the late Middle Ages was actually of the order of $1,000 (as expressed in 1990 dollars), compared to modern-day Zaire, where a comparable per capita income is $249. Even on the eve of the Black Death, which first struck in 1348/49, the researchers found a per capita income in England of more than $800 using the same 1990 dollar measure.

Interesting. Apparently in some places, things are so awful a return to the middle ages would be an improvement.

The article is here.

WARNING: The article is safe for work. The rest of the site, not so much.

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