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    Posted: 10-Dec-2004 at 15:21
Can anyone enlighten me as to the population density (people per square mile) of mainland Europe c500 CE?
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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Dec-2004 at 22:50

About 27 million give or take a few.

The information here is taken from Josiah C. Russell, "Population in Europe:, in Carlo M. Cipolla, ed., The Fontana Economic History of Europe, Vol. I: The Middle Ages, (Glasgow : Collins/Fontana, 1972), 25-71

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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Dec-2004 at 08:18
I don't know exact numbers, or exact population denisity, but the largest European cities around 1200 were Constantinople, Cordoba, Paris and Ghent IIRC.
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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Dec-2004 at 10:47

This is a copy from my original source. They make it very clear that the figures are just esimates as there was not reliable census intill the 1700's so the authors claim them to be speculitive but not unreasonable.

Population Estimates (in millions) at specified times 500-1450

AREA                  500     650     1000    1340   1450   



Greece/Balkans        5       3       5       6      4.5    

Italy                 4       2.5     5       10     7.3    

Spain/Portugal        4       3.5     7       9      7      

Total - South         13      9       17      25     19     



France/Low countries  5       3       6       19     12     

British Isles         0.5     0.5     2       5      3      

Germany/Scandinavia   3.5     2       4       11.5   7.3    

Total - West/Central  9       5.5     12      35.5   22.5   



Slavia.               5       3                             

---Russia                             6       8      6      

---Poland/Lithuania                   2       3      2      

Hungary               0.5     0.5     1.5     2      1.5    

Total -East           5.5     3.5     9.5     13     9.3    



TOTAL EUROPE          27.5    18      38.5    73.5   50 
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  Quote Belisarius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Dec-2004 at 21:22

Ooo. Thank you very much. May the heavens bless you all.

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