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A Global History of Historical Demography

Half a Century of Interdisciplinarity

Edited By Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, Ioan Bolovan and Sølvi Sogner

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.

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About the Editors


Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, a social historian and historical demographer, is Professor emerita at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre de Recherches Historiques/CNRS, Paris (France), where she teaches History of the Family. She is also attached to University of the Western Cape, Statistics and Population Studies Department, Bellville, Republic of South Africa.

Ioan Bolovan, historian and historical demographer, is Professor at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he teaches Modern Romanian History and Historical Demography in global perspective. He is together Deputy Director of the Centre for Population Studies, Deputy Director of the Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy, and President of the International Commission for Historical Demography (ICHD). Since 2012 he acts as vice-rector of his university.

Sølvi Sogner was President of the International Commission for Historical Demography (ICHD), 1985–1990. She is Professor emerita of history at the University of Oslo, Norway, and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Letters and Science and of the Academia Europaea.

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