Famine, Disease and the Social Order in Early Modern Society

Famine, Disease and the Social Order in Early Modern Society

Paperback Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy & Society in Past Time

Edited by John Walter, Edited by Roger S. Schofield, Series edited by Richard Smith, Series edited by Jan De Vries, Series edited by Paul Johnson, Series edited by Keith Wrightson


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  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 230mm x 20mm | 580g
  • Publication date: 26 April 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521406137
  • ISBN 13: 9780521406130
  • Illustrations note: 21 b/w illus. 11 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,662,862

Product description

Although Western societies cannot escape from images of famine in the present world, their direct experience of widespread hunger has receded into the past. England was one of the very first countries to escape from the shadow of famine; in this volume a team of distinguished economic, social and demographic historians analyses why. Focusing on England (whose experience is contrasted with France), the contributions combine detailed local studies of individual communities, broader analyses of the impact of hunger and disease, and methodological discussion to explore the effects of crisis mortality on early modern societies.

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'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, The Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

List of figures; List of tables; Andrew Appleby: a personal appreciation Peter Laslett; A bibliography of Andrew B. Appleby's principal works in chronological order; List of abbreviations; 1. Famine, disease and crisis mortality in early modern society John Walter and Roger Schofield; 2. The social economy of death in early modern England John Walter; 3. Death in Whickham Keith Wrightson and David Levine; 4. The response to plague in early modern England: public policies and their consequences Paul Slack; 5. Demographic crises and subsistence crises in France 1650-1725 Jacques Dupaquier; 6. Markets and mortality in France, 1600-1789 David R. Weir; 7. Some reflections on corn yields and prices in pre-industrial economies E. A. Wrigley; 8. Family structure, demographic behaviour and economic growth Roger Schofield; Consolidated bibliography; Index.