The 17th Century Crisis: Crash Course European History #11 (2)
least for now.
The war tapered off because of political and economic considerations, but also because
the level of devastation just became too horrifying.
Combatants met at a peace conference where Emperor Ferdinand III made concessions of
land and cash reluctantly, forced by exhaustion and the continuing miseries inflicted by the
little ice age.
All of this marked a turn to more “practical” concerns in government policy rather than
just like, going to war to promote your religion.
Rates of mortality were very high in the seventeenth century globally because of the pervasiveness
of the little ice age and because of devastating warfare.
And we need to remember the immense human costs of the thirty Years war: some 20 percent
of the central European population died, while in areas of intense and continuous fighting,
it was closer to 50 percent.
If I can return to a shockingly positive picture, amidst all of that, the creation of our modern
view of science and its benefits was taking place in many of the same regions, which reminds
us that history is not one human story, but all human stories.
Some good news is coming next week.
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I'll see you then.