Famine: The Demographic Disaster

Karen J. Cullen

in Famine in Scotland - the 'Ill Years' of the 1690s

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638871
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653508 | DOI:
Famine: The Demographic Disaster

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This chapter analyses the demographic consequences of the famine through its impact on the Scottish population. It continues the departure from the conclusion of Scottish Population History that the famine had short-term demographic consequences. In particular, a study of the age structure of mortality suggests that high adult mortality inhibited a quick recovery of the population. The chapter stresses the importance of the role of marriage in population recovery in the immediate post-famine period and as a factor in slow longer-term growth.

Keywords: demographic effects; famine; Scottish population; mortality; marriage

Chapter.  15693 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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