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Population and Economy
Population and History from the Traditional to the Modern World


Part of Studies in Interdisciplinary History

Roger S. Schofield, E. Anthony Wrigley, Michael Anderson, Peter H. Lindert, Ronald Lee, Jan de Vries, E. Anthony Wrigley, Brinley Thomas, Ann Kussmaul
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  • Date Published: July 1986
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521310550

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  • With the publication of The Population History of England in 1981 it has become possible for the first time to trace in detail the demographic changes that occurred in a major European country throughout the early modern period and during the industrial revolution. It is therefore also now possible to test our understanding of the functioning of early modern economies in relation to their demographic patterns against the new empirical data. The discussion of this historical theme, first initiated by Malthus in the late eighteenth century, can now be taken a substantial step further. All of the essays published here take advantage of this new possibility, either by using the English data themselves, or by reflecting on the implications of a comparison between English patterns and those found elsewhere. The essays contribute not only to a richer understanding of the relationships in the past between population and economy, but also to a fuller appreciation of the circumstances that limited economic growth in pre-industrial economies and with the train of events that led to the escape from these constraints with the industrial revolution.

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    • Date Published: July 1986
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521310550
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Roger S. Schofield and E. Anthony Wrigley
    1. Through a glass darkly: The Population History of England as an experiment in history Roger S. Schofield
    2. Historical demography after The Population History of England Michael Anderson
    3. English population, wages and prices:
    1541–1913 Peter H. Lindert
    4. Population homeostasis and English demographic history Ronald Lee
    5. The population and economy of the pre-industrial Netherlands Jan de Vries
    6. Urban growth and agricultural change: England and the continent in the early modern period E. Anthony Wrigley
    7. Escaping from constraints: the industrial revolution in a Malthusian context Brinley Thomas
    8. Time and space, hoofs and grain: the seasonality of marriage in England Ann Kussmaul.

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    Robert I. Rotberg

    Theodore K. Rabb


    Roger S. Schofield, E. Anthony Wrigley, Michael Anderson, Peter H. Lindert, Ronald Lee, Jan de Vries, E. Anthony Wrigley, Brinley Thomas, Ann Kussmaul

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