The Black Death, the Inquisitions, World War II, World War I, and the Dark Ages, are the darkest periods of European history, according to a new study. In stark contrast, the historical moments considered to be the most prosperous are Ancient Rome, the Industrial Revolution, Ancient Greece, the 1960s, and current day.
The Early Modern period of European history began after the Middle Ages and lasted up until the Industrial Revolution (around the beginning of the 15th to the end of the 18th centuries). During this time, European powers were fighting extensively among themselves over territory – both in Europe and overseas, in Africa and the “New World.”
The Chief Periods of European History
The results reveal that over half of British adults agree the darkest period of European history was during the 14th Century, when one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, the Black Death, killed an estimated 75 to 200 million people.