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Demographic behavior in the past : a study of fourteen German village populations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries /
John E. Knodel.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
description
xxv, 587 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. --
ISBN
0521327156
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
isbn
0521327156
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
2974886
 
Bibliography: p. 557-570.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-02:
In this meticulous demographic analysis, Knodel (University of Michigan) examines family reconstitution data from 14 German villages based upon the Ortssippenbucher, published genealogies of the pre- and post-WW II period derived from parish records. Knodel focuses attention on the well-known demographic transition, i.e., the shift from high to low levels of fertility and mortality characteristic of the modern period. Previous analyses of this phenomenon in a European setting have been largely confined to the macrolevel, derived from censuses and vital statistics. Knodel argues that microanalysis is needed because macro sources date primarily from the middle, not the beginning, of the transition, and aggregate figures do not permit close examination of the relationship of different variables, such as child birth order, intervals between births, and mother's age at confinement. Carefully qualified, using sophisticated statistical techniques depicted in more than 100 tables, this work will be required reading for demographic specialists. Readers without much demographic background will find it heavy going. -D. C. Baxter, Ohio University
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
This book provides a detailed examination of the demographic behavior of families during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a sample of fourteen villages in five different regions of Germany. It is based on the reconstituted family histories of vital events (births, deaths and marriages) compiled by genealogies for the entire populations of these villages.
Description for Library
This book provides a detailed examination of the demographic behavior of families during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a sample of fourteen villages in five different regions of Germany. It is based on the reconstituted family histories of vital events (births, deaths and marriages) compiled by genealogies for the entire populations of these villages. The core of the study deals with marital reproduction, examining the modernization of reproductive behavior in terms of the transition from a situation of natural fertility to one characterized by pervasive family limitation.
Main Description
This book provides a detailed examination of the demographic behavior of families during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a sample of fourteen villages in five different regions of Germany. It is based on the reconstituted family histories of vital events (births, deaths and marriages) compiled by genealogies for the entire populations of these villages. The book applies the type of micro-level analysis possible with family reconstitution data for the crucial period leading to and encompassing the early stages of the demographic transition, including the initial onset of the decline of fertility to low modern levels. The analysis explores many aspects of demographic behavior which have been largely ignored by previous macro-level investigations of the demographic transition. These include infant and child mortality, maternal mortality, marriage, marital dissolution, bridal pregnancy and illegitimacy. The core of the study, however, deals with marital reproduction, examining the modernization of reproductive behavior in terms of the transition from a situation of natural fertility to one characterized by pervasive family limitation.
Table of Contents
List of tables
List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Family reconstitution and the historical study of demographic behaviour
The source and the sample
Mortality
Infant and child mortality: levels, trends and seasonality
Infant and mortality: socio-economic and demographic differentials
Maternal mortality
Family Formation
Marriage
Marital dissolution and remarriage
Illegitimacy
Bridal pregnancy and prenuptial births
Marital Reproduction
Trends in marital fertility and underlying natural fertility components
From natural fertility to family limitation
Starting, stopping, spacing and the fertility transition
Interrelationships in Demographic Behaviour
Family size, fertility and nuptiality interrelationships
Child mortality and reproductive behaviour
Conclusion
Population dynamics of the past: summing up
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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