historical demography

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historical demography

the study of past patterns of population structure, FERTILITY, etc., using historical source material, especially for those periods prior to the first Census in 1801. In the UK, the subject has flourished particularly since the 1950s using data gathered from PARISH REGISTERS, wills, tombstones, and the like. The findings of this research (e.g. Laslett, 1972; Wrigley, 1966) have lead to a reappraisal of previous assumptions about the ‘preindustrial family’ (e.g. its ‘extended’ form). In more general terms, historical demography has thrown new light on the overall relation between family size and structure, patterns of sexual behaviour, social mobility and population change where data had been previously lacking. See also DEMOGRAPHY.
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To be able to contextualise and compare changes in occupational structure and urban growth trajectories across time and space, solid and detailed datasets of occupational structure and historical demographics for a very large part of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century and for the entire Turkey in the 20th century will be constructed.
When analyzing the effect of Hopper's images on the viewer, Wells assumes that viewer is a white heterosexual man, in concordance with the historical demographics of Hopper's collectors, critics, evaluators, and fans.
David Hacker, an expert in historical demographics, says the death toll is not 620,000, as has been accepted by historians since the turn of the last century.
He fits all the historical demographics for dominance in America.

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