Climate Change, Disease, and Tribalism Made the 1600s a Terrible Century

Most people assume that human societies get better over time, both materially and morally. Few of us would want to really live in the past, even during the “best” periods of history. The long-term trends in human history have been toward more knowledge, less poverty, longer lives, and more rights and freedom.

Our World in Data’s illustration of long-term progress (source)

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George Dillard

George Dillard

Exploring the past to illuminate politics, the environment, and more. Also: worldhistoryfacts.com. Buy me a beverage: https://ko-fi.com/georgedillard