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Famine, Disease and the Social Order in Early Modern Society : Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy & Society in Past Time - John Walter

Famine, Disease and the Social Order in Early Modern Society

Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy & Society in Past Time

By: John Walter (Editor), Roger Schofield (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th July 1991
ISBN: 9780521406130
Number Of Pages: 352

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Although Western societies cannot escape from images of famine in the present world, their direct experience with widespread hunger has receded into the past. England was one of the very first countries to escape from the shadow of famine and in this volume, a team of distinguished economic, social, and demographic historians analyze why. The contributors combine detailed local studies of individual communities, broader analyses of the impact of hunger and disease, and methodological discussions that explore the effect of crisis mortality on early modern societies. The essays examine the complex interrelationships among past demographic, social, and economic structures, and demonstrate that the impact of hunger and disease can provide a unique vehicle for an exploration of early modern society.

'Famine, Disease and the Social Order in Early Modern Society, a worthy tribute to the late Andrew B. Appleby is to be welcomed for its staunch determination to set historical demography in the thick of a total history, one in which the study of populations, nutrition and human biology is mediated through the practices and ideologies of society at large. In what is an unusually integrated collection of essays - all eight authors address a tight repertoire of issues - the role of human agency, responding to pressures and prospects, is constantly raised.' Roy Porter, Times Literary Supplement

List of figures
List of tables
Andrew Appleby: a personal appreciation
A bibliography of Andrew B. Appleby's principal works in chronological order
List of abbreviations
Famine, disease and crisis mortality in early modern society
The social economy of death in early modern England
Death in Whickham
The response to plague in early modern England: public policies and their consequences
Demographic crises and subsistence crises in France 1650-1725
Markets and mortality in France, 1600-1789
Some reflections on corn yields and prices in pre-industrial economies
Family structure, demographic behaviour and economic growth
Consolidated bibliography
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521406130
ISBN-10: 0521406137
Series: Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy & Society in Past Time
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 8th July 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.37  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.55