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Reproducing Feudalism

David Levine

in At the Dawn of Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220584
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923676 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220584.003.0005
Reproducing Feudalism

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Changes in population arrangement and vital rates identify key transformations in social life. But these experiences can be understood only by placing them in context and by finding non-demographic explanations for them. By reconstituting demographic statistics from their biological, cultural, and material elements, we can comprehend the quantitative implications of immense social movements. The transformation of reproductive patterns was part of a massive shift in the nature of social relations because social change was experienced by thinking people who reflected on it and changed their behavior with regard to it. Causal arrows also flowed in the other direction, and this was the changing forms of behavior modified by the social systems.

Keywords: population; demographic; transform; statistics; social

Chapter.  36555 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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