Volume 62 - Number 1 - Spring 1996

I. Historical Demography and Demographic History

Studies dealing with the demographic events of any given period from the early historical to the modern, defined as being World War I.

I.1. General Historical Demography

Comprehensive surveys, notes of sources, and items on the state of research. Particularly concerned with the period before modern vital registration was introduced and censuses were taken. Historical items that primarily pertain to one specific demographic variable are classified first under the specific heading and then cross-referenced to this heading.

62:10548 Amorim, Maria N. Historical demography in Portugal. [Demografia historica em Portugal.] Boletin de la Asociacion de Demografia Historica, Vol. 13, No. 2, 1995. 171 pp. Asociacion de Demografia Historica [ADEH]: Bilbao, Spain. In Por. with sum. in Eng; Fre; Spa.
This special issue contains five articles on aspects of the historical demography of Portugal. The topics covered include the demographic history of a rural parish, mortality crises in Lisbon over time, emigration from northeastern Portugal, the history of a rich slave-holding family in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the reconstitution of parish records.
Correspondence: Asociacion de Demografia Historica, Universitat d'Alacant, Campus Universitari de Sant Joan, Ap. de Correus 374, 03080 Alicante, Spain. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:10549 Beloch, Karl J. The history of the population of Italy. [Storia della popolazione d'Italia.] Bibliotheca, No. 28, ISBN 88-7166-191-5. 1994. xxxii, 695 pp. Casa Editrice le Lettere: Florence, Italy. In Ita.
This is the first translation into Italian of the classic work of Karl Beloch on the history of the population of Italy. It was originally published in German after the author's death in 1929. It consists primarily of a review of the available sources and of the quality of the demographic data they contain. The first part examines the available sources for Sicily and the Kingdom of Naples. The second part concerns the Papal States, Tuscany, and the duchies of the Po valley. The third part examines the Venetian Republic, the Duchy of Milan, Piedmont, Genoa, Corsica, and Sardinia. The study spans from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century.
This is a translation from the German work published in three volumes in 1937, 1939, and 1961.
Correspondence: Casa Editrice le Lettere, Costa S. Giorgio 28, 50125 Florence, Italy. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:10550 Breschi, Marco; Pozzi, Lucia; Rettaroli, Rosella. Geographic similarities and differences in rates of population growth in Italy, 1730-1911. [Analogie e differenze territoriali nella crescita della popolazione italiana, 1730-1911.] Bollettino di Demografia Storica, No. 20, 1994. 41-94 pp. Florence, Italy. In Ita.
The authors attempt to summarize what is known about population trends in the various states into which Italy was divided in the period before unification in the late nineteenth century, and in the period immediately following unification. Data are primarily from the official records of the various states and local authorities concerned. The authors conclude with a review of what is known about the demography of the period, and what remains to be revealed.
Correspondence: M. Breschi, Via B. Sestini 26, 51100 Pistoia, Italy. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:10551 Bussini, Odoardo; Montanari, Giorgio E. An attempt at the reconstruction of an urban population of the eighteenth century using a sample series of data on natural increase. [Un tentativo di ricostruzione di una popolazione urbana nel'700 attraverso le serie campionarie del movimento naturale.] Bollettino di Demografia Storica, No. 20, 1994. 21-39 pp. Florence, Italy. In Ita.
Data from 35 parishes in the Italian city of Perugia are used to reconstruct population developments in the city over the period from 1730 to 1789.
Correspondence: O. Bussini, Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche, Via A. Pascoli, C.P. 65/Succ. 1, 06100 Perugia, Italy. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:10552 Calvo, Thomas; Borah, Woodrow; Cook, Sherburne F.; Miranda, Jose; Vollmer, Gunter; Newson, Linda A.; Malvido, Elsa; Carmagnani, Marcello; Rabell, Cecilia; Brading, David A.; Davies, Keith A. History and population in Mexico (sixteenth to nineteenth century). [Historia y poblacion en Mexico (Siglos XVI-XIX).] Lecturas de Historia Mexicana, No. 9, ISBN 968-12-0622-3. 1994. xxv, 304 pp. El Colegio de Mexico, Centro de Estudios Historicos: Mexico City, Mexico. In Spa.
This is a selection of 10 articles originally published in the journal Historia Mexicana on various aspects of the historical demography of Mexico. The topics covered include the depopulation that occurred in the sixteenth century; the indigenous population in the seventeenth century; the indigenous population of the Puebla region; regional variation in the demography of Spanish colonial America; population trends in Cholula; the social structure of the mining population in northern Mexico; marriage and race in a rural parish; population and economy in Nueva Galicia; ethnic groups, class, and occupations in Guanajuato; and urbanization in the nineteenth century.
Correspondence: El Colegio de Mexico, Centro de Estudios Historicos, Camino al Ajusco 20, Pedregal de Santa Teresa, 10740 Mexico City, DF, Mexico. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:10553 Gjerde, Jon; McCants, Anne. Fertility, marriage, and culture: demographic processes among Norwegian immigrants to the rural Middle West. Journal of Economic History, Vol. 55, No. 4, Dec 1995. 860-88 pp. New York, New York/Cambridge, England. In Eng.
"The image of the `backward' immigrant has enjoyed a prominent place in American history, in large part because of the perceived `non-American' fertility behavior of many immigrant groups. The European perspective on these migrants, however, has been to see them as innovators, breaking free from the demographic constraints of the Old World. Drawing upon a large sample of reconstituted Norwegian immigrant families, this article examines the rising and then declining fertility of this group over the second half of the nineteenth century. It concludes that their fertility experience was influenced both by cultural tenacity and economic opportunity."
Correspondence: J. Gjerde, University of California, Department of History, Berkeley, CA 94720. Location: Princeton University Library (PF).

62:10554 Horvath, Robert A. The history of demographic research in Hungary from the beginning up to the advent of the period of official statistics. [L'histoire de la pensee demographique hongroise de ses debuts jusqu'a l'avenement de la periode de la statistique officielle.] ISBN 963-215-061-9. 1995. 281, [9] pp. Kozponti Statisztikai Hivatal: Budapest, Hungary. In Fre.
This work, which was originally written in 1984, describes the development of demography in Hungary from the eighteenth century to the 1980s. The context is the development of Hungarian contributions to the study of economics and statistics in general over the course of time.
Correspondence: Kozponti Statisztikai Hivatal, Bibliotheque et Service de Documentation, Keleti Karoly Utca 5-7, 1525 Budapest II, Hungary. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:10555 Kovacsics, Jozsef. Answers and open questions of historical demography concerning the population size of the Arpadian age. [A torteneti demografia valaszai es nyitott kerdesei az Arpad-kor nepessegszamara vonatkozoan.] Demografia, Vol. 38, No. 2-3, 1995. 142-70 pp. Budapest, Hungary. In Hun. with sum. in Eng.
Some questions concerning the demography of Hungary at the time of the Hungarian conquest from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries are explored. The focus is on the ethnicity of the various populations living in the region and how these populations were affected by the conquest.
Correspondence: J. Kovacsics, Harszt utca 22, 1118 Budapest, Hungary. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:10556 Tittarelli, Luigi. Taking the veil, marriage, and fertility in Perugia in the seventeenth century. [Monacazioni, matrimoni e fecondita a Perugia nel Seicento.] Bollettino di Demografia Storica, No. 20, 1994. 157-71 pp. Florence, Italy. In Ita.
The author examines the impact that women taking religious vows had on nuptiality and fertility in the Italian city of Perugia in the seventeenth century. Data are from various archives of the Catholic church.
Correspondence: L. Tittarelli, Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Istituto di Statistica, Via A. Pascoli, C.P. 65 Succ. 1, 06100 Perugia, Italy. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

I.2. Methods of Historical Demography

Applications of demographic methodology to the records of the past in order to obtain further demographic information. Relevant items are coded here and cross-referenced to N. Methods of Research and Analysis Including Models if of more general interest than to historical demography alone.

62:10557 Martelli, Cristina; Salvini, Silvana; Santini, Antonio. Aggregate methods for calculating life tables from incomplete data: the example of post-unification Tuscany. [Metodi aggregati per il calcolo delle tavole di mortalita a partire da dati carenti: l'esempio della Toscana post-unitaria.] Bollettino di Demografia Storica, No. 20, 1994. 95-109 pp. Florence, Italy. In Ita.
Various alternative methods are used to estimate trends in mortality in Tuscany, Italy, in the period from 1871 to 1881. The focus is on the methodological issues raised.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

62:10558 Munoz Pradas, Francisco. Looking for a new past: strategies and problems of methodologies in historical demography. [Vias hacia un nuevo pasado: estrategias y problemas en las metodologias de la demografia historica.] Notas de Poblacion, Vol. 23, No. 61, Jun 1995. 177-210 pp. Santiago, Chile. In Spa. with sum. in Eng.
"This article presents a state of the art [discussion] on the methodologies of historical demography....This analysis is oriented to evaluate goals, possibilities and limitations in the methods of historical demography. These methods are introduced in terms of answers to two basic questions in this field: how demographers reconstruct population dynamics of the past and how they explain behaviour of these demographic systems."
Correspondence: F. Munoz Pradas, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Departamento de Geografia, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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