Medieval serfs were better off than millions in today's Third World.

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Research by economists at the University of Warwick has found that living standards in medieval England were surpprisingly high.

Diets of medieval people are reckoned to have been more varied than those of the poorest in today's third world. Economists also say that a sophisticated economic superstructure had been built on the foundation of agriculture in medieval times.

The economists estimated income per head in medieval times at £638(adjusted to modern values). This compares with just £159 in modern Democratic republic of Congo. Medieval people enjoyed a better standard of living than what prevails in much of modern sub saharan Africa.

Medieval Britons were twice as rich as the poor in the Third World today | Mail Online
 


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Research by economists at the University of Warwick has found that living standards in medieval England were surpprisingly high.

Diets of medieval people are reckoned to have been more varied than those of the poorest in today's third world. Economists also say that a sophisticated economic superstructure had been built on the foundation of agriculture in medieval times.

The economists estimated income per head in medieval times at £638(adjusted to modern values). This compares with just £159 in modern Democratic republic of Congo. Medieval people enjoyed a better standard of living than what prevails in much of modern sub saharan Africa.

Medieval Britons were twice as rich as the poor in the Third World today | Mail Online
Yes, there is no such concept as fairness in this world. Anyone depending on 'fairness' from their leaders will be waiting a long time
 

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Research by economists at the University of Warwick has found that living standards in medieval England were surpprisingly high.

Diets of medieval people are reckoned to have been more varied than those of the poorest in today's third world. Economists also say that a sophisticated economic superstructure had been built on the foundation of agriculture in medieval times.

The economists estimated income per head in medieval times at £638(adjusted to modern values). This compares with just £159 in modern Democratic republic of Congo. Medieval people enjoyed a better standard of living than what prevails in much of modern sub saharan Africa.

Medieval Britons were twice as rich as the poor in the Third World today | Mail Online
They were able to feed themselves, big deal.
 

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It kind of makes sense when you think that the population of Britain in ca. 1340 was perhaps 5 million, until the Black Death in 1348-50 killed about half of them. A country that size had enough resources in most years to support that number fairly well.:)

The population of much of the Third World, by contrast, has stretched resources in many places to and beyond breaking point. Not to mention the fact that they are plagued by incessant wars, in which the participants use weapons that they buy expensively from wealthier countries ...:mad:

On the whole, if I had a time machine and could go back to the Middle Ages, the first thing I'd do is take a sledgehammer to it ...:lol:
 

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John O'Shea was right when he said what Africa needed was not handouts but the US Marines. It's sad to think that when people on our planet are living in utter abject misery we have some people who think we shouldn't send them less than 1% of our GDP as a humanitarian gesture.
 

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John O'Shea was right when he said what Africa needed was not handouts but the US Marines. It's sad to think that when people on our planet are living in utter abject misery we have some people who think we shouldn't send them less than 1% of our GDP as a humanitarian gesture.
Why don't you give your cash to who you like.and I'll do the same.
 

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John O'Shea was right when he said what Africa needed was not handouts but the US Marines. It's sad to think that when people on our planet are living in utter abject misery we have some people who think we shouldn't send them less than 1% of our GDP as a humanitarian gesture.
Or why not try total sustained non-intervention by Western or foreign powers? It's never been tried you know...
 

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Capitalism has always been about transfering the world's wealth to a tiny minority - who mostly have no idea of what to do with it, and gamble it away on insane scams devised by banksters.
 


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