Volume 56 - Number 3 - Fall 1990

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.

56:30580 Garnot, Benoit. The French population in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. [La population francaise aux XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siecles.] Synthese et Histoire, ISBN 2-7080-0589-9. 1988. 126 pp. Ophrys: Gap, France. In Fre.
This work represents an attempt to summarize current knowledge concerning the demographic history of France from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Separate chapters are included on population trends and characteristics, nuptiality, fertility, and mortality. The study includes a section on research in historical demography, including an introduction to both sources and methods. It concludes with examples of research approaches for the study of family types and demographic crises.
Correspondence: Ophrys, 6 avenue Jean-Jaures, 05002 Gap Cedex, France. Location: Institut National d'Etudes Demographiques, Paris, France.

56:30581 Harrison, Jerry N. Demographic transition in a frontier town: Manti, Utah, 1849-1948. Garland Studies in Historical Demography, ISBN 0-8240-3350-7. LC 89-16824. 1989. xii, 210 pp. Garland Publishing: New York, New York/London, England. In Eng.
"This dissertation recapitulates the historical demography of a frontier town, Manti, Utah, from 1849 through 1948. Demographic transition theory was used as a framework by which to discuss population composition and change. Special attention was given to community history and the influences of state and national developments affecting the local population....Family reconstitution was used to collect demographic information on individuals and families....The method, quality of data sources and issues relating to Mormon genealogical and ecclesiastical records were discussed in detail. Also, issues in computer processing and specifics of programming that generated demographic data from genealogical sources were outlined....The findings of the study lead to the conclusion that the population experienced demographic transitions in mortality and fertility. Also, a transition in type and form of migration occurred over the 100 year period of community history examined."
Correspondence: Garland Publishing, 136 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:30582 Reher, David S. Town and country in pre-industrial Spain: Cuenca, 1550-1870. Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time, No. 12, ISBN 0-521-35292-4. LC 89-35676. 1990. xiv, 337 pp. Cambridge University Press: New York, New York/Cambridge, England. In Eng.
This study examines the demographic experience of Cuenca, a town in Spain, during the preindustrial period. The focus is on the relationship between towns and their rural hinterlands. Data are from a variety of local sources. The author "analyzes the socio-economic structures of Cuenca in the context of the urbanization of rural Spain, and shows how the history of the town is paradigmatic of the social, economic and demographic changes that occurred over three centuries in urban areas of the Mediterranean basin. Urban systems, migration, inheritance and family ties and municipal government are discussed in detail...."
Correspondence: Cambridge University Press, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. 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.

56:30583 Lee, Hung-tak. The reliability of the premodern Korean household register data for an historical demography analysis. Journal of Population and Health Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, Dec 1989. 139-58 pp. Seoul, Korea, Republic of. In Eng. with sum. in Kor.
The author examines the reliability of premodern Korean household register data from the Hyonnae-Myon sub-county for the period 1606-1789. The focus is on underreporting of household members less than 15 years of age, females, and slaves. The author reconstructs the population by age and sex and discusses methods of compensating for data errors and omissions in historical demography.
Correspondence: H.-T. Lee, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 270 Imun-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:30584 Nault, Francois; Desjardins, Bertrand. Computers and historical demography: the reconstitution of the early Quebec population. Collection de Tires a Part, No. 266, [1989]. [5] pp. Universite de Montreal, Departement de Demographie: Montreal, Canada. In Eng.
This is a report on a project to reconstitute the population of Quebec, Canada, using parish registers dating from 1608 to 1851. "The aim has been to identify all the individuals who settled in Quebec over the period studied and to sketch their biographies: dates and places of birth, marriage(s), death and family ties. This basic demographic data is completed by the individual's characteristics as found in the documents: sex, occcupation, residence, origin and literacy (ability to sign)." The authors focus on the computer methods used in the historical demography process.
This paper is reprinted from "History and Computing II," Manchester, England, Manchester University Press, 1989, pp. 143-8.
Correspondence: Universite de Montreal, Departement de Demographie, Case Postale 6128, Succursale A, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:30585 Sharpe, Pamela. The total reconstitution method: a tool for class-specific study? Local Population Studies, No. 44, Spring 1990. 41-51 pp. Matlock, England. In Eng.
The author discusses the methods used to reconstitute a parish in Colyton, England, for the period 1538-1837. "I will describe my version of the method of 'total reconstitution' and discuss the method's applicability for class-specific study. I will then go on to examine some of the results of the class-specific analysis which emerged for Colyton's nuptiality pattern."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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