You have gotta love population growth charts, they always provide some interesting insight into how fluctuations in population work in tandem with societal changes. What is quite intriguing about the population of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries though is that there were multiple major famines in various countries, including France and Ireland on multiple occasions. Some, such as the great famine in Ireland during the late 1840’s, killed some 1 million people and forced another 2 million overseas in three years, but it does not even affect the overall growth of the population in Europe. Instead, the population of the continent still blossomed well into the 20th century without ever really breaking a sweat.
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