A Goodreads user asked:
“There is every reason to believe that this unprecedentedly rapid population growth contributed to a stagnation of agricultural wages and an increase in land rents in the decades prior to the explosion of 1789.” How a stagnation of agricultural wages and an increase in land rents might contribute to the rapid population growth of 18th century, therefore I'm asking you and am sure you will make it clear for me.
Robert Increase in population drove down wages because of more people seeking work, and rents increased because of greater demand for land.
Lori I haven't read the book, but the stagnation did not cause the growth. The growth was due to a generation-long era of good crops, plus the new plants corn and potato which give a lot of calories for little effort. So the lack of famines led to the increase in population which led to the stagnation of wages.
Patrick King Realistically population growth relies on free time with nothing to do. When you can't get ahead no matter how hard you try the majority stop trying and lie around and fuck. It's like the Ohio town that had a population boom in the 1960s when the rest of the country was at zero population growth. The railroad changed the running of the early train to 5 am. This woke everyone in the town up an hour early. There was not enough time to go back to sleep but there was enough time to screw. That was the answer to the riddle.