Half a Century of Interdisciplinarity
At the XXIst World Congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS/CISH) in 2010 in Amsterdam, the International Commission for Historical Demography (ICHD) decided to write an overview of its own history. Fifty years had gone by since the CISH XIst World Congress in Stockholm 1960, when historians took the first tentative initiatives to create a wholly new interdisciplinary commission for historical demography, a meeting place for a budding discipline where researchers in letters and science could meet, exchange ideas, cultivate and develop a new field. This book is the outcome of that decision.
Demography, past, present and future is a common concern for all inhabitants of this planet. The variation is great, however, with regard to sources, social and political conditions, state of the art, technological development, national and local initiatives. In the course of half a century many changes take place. Keeping abreast of the gigantic streams of information and innovation in the field is demanding, even more so for a discipline with global dimensions and ambitions. The book makes fascinating reading, and preparing it has been a rewarding and thought provoking experience. The thirty-seven articles in the book represent as many different stories.
The Editors are deeply grateful to Professor Ioan-Aurel Pop, Rector of Babeş-Bolyai University, for his generous support, to all reviewers and anonymous referees for their fruitful comments. They thank the paper givers, chairs and discussants of the International Commission for Historical Demography (ICHD/CIDH) conference held at Amsterdam in August 2010, during the XXIst International Congress of Historical Sciences (CISH), for their insightful comments on earlier versions of the papers. They thank also the many colleagues from all over the world who participated to the session organized by the editors in Glasgow in April 2012. Thanks in particular to Social Sciences History Association (SSHA) and European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) meetings and activities, they were able to form a strong and friendly international group of scholars working on the history of Historical Demography and History of the Family in large comparative perspective, all members of the international Family/Demography network.
This anthology is presented by alphabetical order of countries or geographical regions. This first edition includes thirty-seven chapters by fifty-one authors and an Index elaborated by Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux. At the end of each chapter, an abstract is provided together with a résumé in French.
The editors appreciated encouragement and daily help they received from their respective institution. They thank warmly the members of the International Editorial Board, and other numerous friends and colleagues that supported the present book project. They express their gratitude to Elena-Crinela Holom, Centre for Population Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University,...
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