chapter  7
Questions from history in the Mediterranean and western Europe
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To some degree, therefore, this chapter constitutes a test of the weights to be put on the different parts of our 'equation' on page 7 in chapter 1. Although not in a quantitative manner, it becomes possible to test how far human interference and a weakening of management can be held responsible for degradation in a case where the natural processes have also been variable over time. We do not reach firm conclusions, indeed cannot, but are able to suggest that variability in the 'human' elements in the equation can be given some degree of precedence even though natural events outside the present range of normal experience may also have been significant.