Volume 58 - Number 3 - Fall 1992

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.

58:30554 Dubuis, Pierre. Wills and demographic growth at the end of the Middle Ages in a mountain region: Valais, Switzerland, from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. [Testaments et reprise demographique a la fin du Moyen Age dans un pays de montagne: le Valais (Suisse), XIVe-XVIe siecles.] Annales de Demographie Historique, 1991. 221-38 pp. Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
"This paper, a part of a wide-ranging research on the population of the upper Rhone valley (canton Valais, southern Switzerland) between 1200 and 1600, deals with demographic growth during the XVth and XVIth centuries, as observed through the growth of the mean number of children outliving their parents. The documentary basis is a corpus of 791 wills dictated between 1300 and 1600 by adults leaving children behind. Particular emphasis has been laid on the critical analysis of data....[From] its lowest point in the years 1350-1374 (1.46 children), the mean size of the inheriting group of siblings grows regularly to reach a first maximum in the years 1450-1474 (2.99 children) and a second one in the 1550-1574 period (3.46 children). Such a relatively precocious and strong growth is made possible mainly by diminishing epidemic mortality."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:30555 Horst, Oscar H. The use of church archives to reconstruct the demographic history of San Juan Ostuncalco. [La utilizacion de archivos eclesiasticos en la reconstruccion de la historia demografica de San Juan Ostuncalco.] Mesoamerica, Vol. 12, No. 22, Dec 1991. 211-31 pp. South Woodstock, Vermont/Antigua, Guatemala. In Spa. with sum. in Eng.
"Certain aspects of the demographic history for the parish of San Juan Ostuncalco, [Guatemala] covering the period between 1700 and 1900 are presented, based upon church registries of baptisms and deaths. The data derived is evaluated on the basis of its reliability and its worth in improving upon information obtained from non-parish sources."
Correspondence: O. H. Horst, Western Michigan University, Department of Geography, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:30556 Lovell, W. George. "Heavy shadows and black night": disease and depopulation in colonial Spanish America. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 82, No. 3, Sep 1992. 426-43 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"This paper examines the role disease played in depopulating the Spanish Indies, from first contact to the early seventeenth century. Analysis focuses on five distinct geographical settings: Hispaniola, central Mexico, northwestern Mexico, Guatemala south of the Peten rainforest, and the central Andes. For each of these settings, literature is reviewed that illuminates problems of data, chronology, impact, and identification that have charged discussion of the issues for some time. An attempt is made to situate regional findings in hemispheric context and to appraise the status of the disease factor...."
Correspondence: W. G. Lovell, Queen's University, Department of Geography, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, Canada. Location: Princeton University Library (PR).

58:30557 Rohde, Cacilia M. Prussian statistics as a source for Silesian regional history, in particular a historical atlas of Silesia based on population censuses for 1816-1910. [Die preussische Statistik als Quelle zur schlesischen Landesgeschichte insbesondere zu einem Geschichtlichen Atlas von Schlesien auf der Grundlage der Bevolkerungszahlungen von 1816-1910.] Europaische Hochschulschriften, Reihe III: Geschichte und ihre Hilfswissenschaften, Vol. 436, ISBN 3-631-42859-6. 1990. 402 pp. Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In Ger.
In this dissertation, statistics from the population censuses of Prussia for 1816-1910 are analyzed in an attempt to develop a historical atlas for the province of Silesia. Aspects considered include population size and growth, spatial distribution and population density, religion, language, education, health care, households and marital status, housing, economic conditions, and the military population.
Correspondence: Peter Lang, Eschborner, Landstrasse 42-50, Postfach 940225, W-6000 Frankfurt 90, Germany. 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.

58:30558 Botev, Nikolai. Historia magistra vitae: on the methods of historical demography. [Historia magistra vitae, ili oste za metodite i sredstvata na istoricheskata demografiya.] Naselenie, No. 1, 1992. 17-30 pp. Sofia, Bulgaria. In Bul. with sum. in Eng; Rus.
Indirect estimation techniques are applied to data for Bulgaria from 1891 to 1958 to assess trends in population dynamics. An interdisciplinary approach is suggested for the study of countries where data are often incomplete.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:30559 Faber, J. A.; Van Leeuwen, M. H. D. Recipients of Catholic assistance in Amsterdam, 1750-1850: a special application of the family reconstitution method. [Les assistes catholiques d'Amsterdam, 1750-1850: un exemple d'application particuliere de la methode de reconstitution des familles.] Annales de Demographie Historique, 1991. 239-53 pp. Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
"This study employs the family reconstitution method in a non-traditional way. It has been used to study the behaviour of a specific social group over two generations in a large city. The specific social group is formed by Catholics who were given assistance for a long period by the Catholic charity in Amsterdam at the end of the eighteenth century. Differential social and demographic behaviour of Catholic paupers versus non-paupers and of those paupers versus their children were researched....The study presents results and discusses problems involved. It argues that a non-traditional approach may supplement classic...family reconstitution studies."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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