By John E. Knodel
This ebook presents an in depth exam of the demographic habit of households throughout the eighteenth and 19th centuries in a pattern of fourteen villages in 5 assorted areas of Germany. it truly is according to the reconstituted relatives histories of significant occasions (births, deaths and marriages) compiled by means of genealogies for the total populations of those villages. The booklet applies the kind of micro-level research attainable with family members reconstitution info for the an important interval resulting in and encompassing the early levels of the demographic transition, together with the preliminary onset of the decline of fertility to low sleek degrees. The research explores many features of demographic habit that have been principally missed by means of prior macro-level investigations of the demographic transition. those comprise toddler and baby mortality, maternal mortality, marriage, marital dissolution, bridal being pregnant and illegitimacy. The center of the research, besides the fact that, bargains with marital replica, interpreting the modernization of reproductive habit by way of the transition from a scenario of ordinary fertility to at least one characterised through pervasive family members problem.
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In some cases, the genealogistcompiler also took advantage of other records, such as occasional listings of the population, to add information about individuals or families, but this was not a routine procedure. The village genealogies generally cover whatever period the available material permits, extending back in some cases to the late sixteenth century. The data are organized in the form of family histories of individual nuclear family units in virtually the identical manner that historical demographers using family reconstitution organize data for analysis.
The village of Oschelbronn is in the former Kingdom of Wurttemberg, near the eastern edge of the Black Forest in the present-day district of Boblingen. The two Bavarian villages of Anhausen and Gabelbach are located in the Swabian area of Bavaria within about 20 kilometers of each other and both belong to the present-day district of Augsburg, not far from the city of that name. The third Bavarian village, Kreuth, is located about 100 kilometers to the southeast in the mountainous terrain near the Austrian border in the district of Miesbach in Upper Bavaria.
The main advantage of village genealogies is that they spare the demographer the tedious and time-consuming initial task of the actual reconstitution. In addition, they often include sections on the local history of the village and other information which can be useful as background information for demographic analysis. The initial series of village genealogies was a by-product of National Socialism's racial policies and ideology. Their systematic production and publication were sponsored by a party organization established for that purpose.
Demographic Behavior in the Past: A Study of Fourteen German Village Populations in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries by John E. Knodel