Population History and the Family

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For more than thirty years, interdisciplinary history has included the study of all aspects of the family, including births, marriages, and household composition. This collection looks at the many dimensions of the study of populations and population movements. It ranges across continents and time, showing how the reconstruction of the past is incomplete without attention to questions of fertility and seasonality, as well as to the impact of demographic variables on social,political, and economic ...

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Overview

For more than thirty years, interdisciplinary history has included the study of all aspects of the family, including births, marriages, and household composition. This collection looks at the many dimensions of the study of populations and population movements. It ranges across continents and time, showing how the reconstruction of the past is incomplete without attention to questions of fertility and seasonality, as well as to the impact of demographic variables on social,political, and economic history.Contributors Francis Brooks, Edward Byers, Michael Craton, DavidCressy, Robert Eng, Michael Haines, Barbara Hanawalt, Daniel Kaiser, W. R. Lee, Daniel Quinlan,Anita Rutman, Darrett Rutman, Jean Shackelford, Thomas Smith, Maris Vinovskis, Charles Wetherell,Rudolph Zambardino.

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Robert I. Rotberg is Coeditor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary History,President of the World Peace Foundation, Director of Harvard University's Program on IntrastateConflict, and Adjunct Professor at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Table of Contents

Recovering Lost Worlds: The Demographic Dimension in History 1
Childrearing among the Lower Classes of Late Medieval England 23
Economy and English Families, 1500-1850 45
Mexico's Population in the Sixteenth Century: Demographic Anomaly or Mathematical Illusion? 79
Revising the Conquest of Mexico: Smallpox, Sources, and Populations 107
Changing Patterns of Slave Families in the British West Indies 137
Peasant Families and Population Control in Eighteenth-Century Japan 173
Urban Household Composition in Early Modern Russia 203
Bastardy and the Socioeconomic Structure of South Germany 237
Fertility, Nuptiality, and Occupation: A Study of Coal Mining Populations and Regions in England and Wales in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 261
The Seasonality of Marriage in Old and New England 297
Rhythms of Life: Black and White Seasonality in the Early Chesapeake 319
Fertility, Transition in a New England Commercial Center: Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1680-1840 345
Socioeconomic Determinants of Interstate Fertility Differentials in the United States in 1850 and 1860 369
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