The question of Spain

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Wed Oct 25 07:32:35 MDT 2000

>The exodus to the towns gradually transformed Castile into a land of
>deserted villages, with tragic consequences for the country's
>agrarian development.

This passage omits the predominant demographic feature of Castile during
this period, namely depopulation because of the plague. It was the most
serious occurrence since the time of the Black Death. There was up to a
917.5 percent increase in the mortality rate in the major towns, according
to Vincente Moreda. (Plague and its Consequences, in Thompson-Casalilla)
I'll have more to say...

Louis Proyect
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