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  • Print publication year: 2000
  • Online publication date: March 2008

15 - Population and society 1700–1840

from Part III - Urban themes and types 1700–1840
This chapter provides an overview of the process of demographic change in the burgeoning growth of towns and cities of the period 1700-1840. The extent of migration to cities in Britain in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries was spectacular in comparison with the contemporary third world. The degree of movement was nothing new as for English provincial towns at the beginning of the eighteenth-century David Souden estimated that half to two-thirds of residents were migrants. The chapter also examines the vital events of marriage, birth and death. Over the course of the eighteenth century the gap between birth and baptism widened to at least a month which means that many infants dying shortly after birth in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century are seen by demographers as 'missing events'. Turning to death rates, the patterns that emerge are perhaps clearer but explanations remain speculative and the full picture is beguilingly complex.
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