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Recent Content

Recent demographic history articles in Demographic Research

John Logan: Racial segregation in postbellum Southern cities: The case of Washington, D.C.


Miguel Sánchez-Romero, Dalkhat Ediev, Gustav Feichtinger, Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz: How many old people have ever lived?


Journal of Economic History article: Lifespans of the European Elite, 800-1800.

The Editors of The Journal of Economic History are pleased to announce Neil Cummins's article, Lifespans of the European Elite, 800-1800

This new analysis of the genealogies of a large number of Europe’s elites over the millennium between 800 and 1800 reveals major oscillations in lifespan. There is a spectacular collapse in the proportion of men dying from battle violence after 1500. Long before any economic divergence, I can document a surprising spatial pattern to aristocratic longevity in favor of the North West of Europe.

Re: Mothers Who Kill/ Infanticide

Fascinating idea for an edited collection: I hope you get lots of proposals. My own research on infant mortality in England Wales, 1860-1920, has often been drawn towards the topic of infanticide, its reporting and its (often quite understanding) treatment by the police and courts. Newspapers tended to 'monster' the mothers, especially in the earlier part of my period. Unsurprisingly, these were usually vulnerable young women who could not cope with the newborn child, would have had an abortion if they had known how to get one, and were in many cases teenage domestic servants.