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historical demography


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Data on population numbers, age distribution, age at marriage, birth intervals, family and household composition, birth and death rates, and age-specific death rates reveal much about the structure and to some extent the function of societies under environmental and other stress, e.g., from famine, war, migrations in past times. Notable studies in this field have been done in the British Isles, Sweden, and Quebec, among other places.

Subjects: Sociology — Public Health and Epidemiology.


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