English Population History from Family Reconstitution 1580-1837

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 24, 1997 - History - 657 pages
English Population History from Family Reconstitution 1580-1837 is the most important single contribution to English historical demography since Wrigley and Schofield's Population History of England. It represents the culmination of work carried out at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure over the past quarter-century. This work demonstrates the value of the technique of family reconstitution as a means of obtaining accurate and detailed information about fertility, morality, and nuptiality in the past. Indeed, more is now known about many aspects of English demography in the parish register period than about the post-1837 period when the Registrar-General collected and published information. Using data from 26 parishes, the authors show clearly that their results are representative not only of the demographic situation of the parishes from which the data were drawn, but also of the country as a whole. Some very surprising features of the behaviour of past populations are brought to light for the first time.
 

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Contents

PARTI
3
The reconstitution parishes
19
Representativeness
40
Reliability
73
Nuptiality
121
Mortality
198
infant mortality 1000dx
229
compared
266
Reconstitution and inverse projection
515
Conclusion
545
A list of the reconstituted parishes from which data were
561
Truncation bias and similar problems
569
Correcting for a missing parish in making tabulations
578
Adjusting mortality rates taken from the four groups to form
601
The calculation of the proportion of women still fecund
610
Bibliography
623

exogenous infant mortality 1000rfx
301
comparisons per 1000 live birth events
314
Fertility
354

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Paul Johnson lives in London.

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