Published on November 22, 2009 by

Every generation needs a new revolution: 200 years in the history of longevity

The huge increase in life expectancy enjoyed by people in the industrialized world since 1800 is among the most remarkable facts in human history. No one living in 18th century Europe could have foreseen that a lifespan of more than 70 years would be possible for the majority – indeed almost everyone. This article presents a historical overview on the reasons for this increase in life expectancy and why this increase is not experienced in all countries – especially African countries.