Humanity has been through crises since its existence. But some are really worse than others, and even go so far as to be linked together in the same year! Michael McCormick, a professor at Harvard University, had the amazing idea of determining the worst year in all of human history. Both historian and archaeologist Michael McCormick have conducted serious research to determine what can be the worst year for millions of people around the world.
For many, logic would have it 1918, the year humanity was struck by the Spanish flu, when it barely recovered from the First World War. Result: 100 million deaths worldwide. Unless it was 1349, the year the Black Death completely devastated Europe and killed almost half of the population? Or one of the years of World War II … well no, apparently no one can claim the palm!
And the worst year for human beings would be …
According to McCormick, whoever could boast of having won the trophy would be in AD 536. On the agenda: weather disasters, pandemics, political instabilities, but also a profound change in living standards … nothing will be spared this year to have!
Worst year ever?
It all started with the spectacular eruption of a volcano in Ireland, which caused a very long period of darkness during the day (over a year!) Throughout Europe, but also in the Middle East. Parts of Asia were not spared either.
As a result, the year was freezing and temperatures dropped from 1.5 ° C to 2.5 ° C, causing famine around the world as the crops were completely destroyed by the lack of “good food”. “Light from the sun and the moon. During this period, the world was also ravaged by the bubonic plague, which resulted in the deaths of almost half the population of the Eastern Roman Empire …
After … look at it, the year 536 AD seems to have been particularly stressful for Europe. So the worst year in human history would ultimately depend on continents, even countries. For example, Indians could refer to the year 1520 when smallpox killed a large proportion of them. Or the year 1600 for America, of which 90% of the population was wiped out by diseases reported by European immigrants … In any case, Michael McCormick’s research remains interesting and gives cause for reflection on the subject of human evolution.