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Death and the Metropolis
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  • Page extent: 436 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.81 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 304.6/4/094212
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: HB1416.L8 L36 1993
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Mortality--England--London--History
    • London (England)--Population--History--17th century
    • London (England)--Population--History--18th century
    • London (England)--Population--History--19th century
    • Family reconstitution--England--London--History

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521355995 | ISBN-10: 0521355990)

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  • Published July 1993

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Death and the Metropolis offers a powerful analysis of demographic patterns in London over the 'long eighteenth century', concentrating on mortality but also including data on marital fertility, population structure and migration. The study is based on a variety of sources including weekly and annual Bills of Mortality, parish registers and Quaker vital registers, and employs the techniques of family reconstitution and aggregative analysis. The data are analysed within the framework of a structural model of mortality change comprising the proximate determinants of exposure to, and resistance against, infectious agents on the the part of populations. Within this framework a model is established describing the specific demographic and epidemiological characteristics of early modern metropolitan centres. The evidence indicates that mortality in London was much higher than in other settlements in England for most of the period, but declined steeply in the later eighteenth century. This apparently reflected changes in exposure to infections.

Contents

List of figures and maps; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Eighteenth-Century London and its Vital Regime: 1. Mortality theory and historical epidemiology; 2. Aspects of metropolitan economic and social life; 3. The 'high potential' model: a preliminary test; Part II. The Level of Mortality: 4. Mortality among London Quakers; 5. Mortality levels among the general population; Part III. Dimensions of London's Epidemiological Regime: 6. The seasonality of mortality; 7. The instability of mortality; 8. Spatial variations in mortality; 9. Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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