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The Demography of Victorian England and Wales
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  • 16 colour illus. 50 tables
  • Page extent: 476 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.935 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 304.6/0942/09034
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HB3585 .W66 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • England--Population
    • Wales--Population
    • Great Britain--History--19th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521782548 | ISBN-10: 0521782546)

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The Demography of Victorian England and Wales describes in detail for the first time the changing population history of England and Wales between 1837 and 1914. Its principal focus is the great demographic revolution that occurred during those years, especially the secular decline of fertility and the origins of the modern rise in life expectancy. It is lavishly illustrated with numerous tables, figures and maps, many of which are reproduced in full color. This clear, comprehensive and engaging reference work makes a seminal contribution to demographic history.


1. Bricks without straw; bones without flesh; 2. Vital statistics; 3. Whatever happened to the preventive check?; 4. Family limitation; 5. The laws of vitality; 6. Mortality by occupation and social group; 7. The origins of the secular decline of childhood mortality; 8. Places and causes; 9. The demographic consequences of urbanisation; 10. The transformation of the English and other demographic regimes; 11. Conclusions and unresolved conundrums.


"Woods's book makes a valuable contribution..." American Historical Review

"This book...sets a new benchmark for the study not only of British but also of international demographic history." Albion

"Woods spend some pages on comparisons with other countries and provides a useful list of elements encountered in demographic regimes." History: Reviews of New Books

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