The Death of a New World: Disease and Population Decline In South America from 1492 to 1800CE

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download Preface: A Subject of Scale In its whole, the story of population in South America from 1492 to 1800CE is one of demographic collapse. At the low point of this period the continent would be witness to a population that reached but 1/5th the size of its pre-Columbian … Continue reading The Death of a New World: Disease and Population Decline In South America from 1492 to 1800CE

Piracy and Social Banditry

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download For as long as there has been sea-faring trade, there have been people who seek to exploit its riches; pirates, the ‘enemies of all mankind’. To describe pirates, a group traditionally known as quintessentially villainous, as “social bandits” seems initially preposterous but the more we learn about their … Continue reading Piracy and Social Banditry

What Hong Lou Meng Tells us About 18th Century China

In other circumstances it would be considered more practical to incorporate a study of a text such as Hong Lou Meng ('A Dream of Red Mansions') into a larger base of source materials, considering parallel works and other non-fictitious data. However, the insufficiency of information around vital areas that Hong Lou Meng covers, and the … Continue reading What Hong Lou Meng Tells us About 18th Century China