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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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Introduction A Global History of Historical Demography. Time for an Anthology



A Global History of Historical Demography.Time for an Anthology

Antoinette FAUVE-CHAMOUX, Ioan BOLOVAN and Sølvi SOGNER1

History deals with humankind in the past, in all its multiple facets. Demography deals with humankind as well, but with a stricter focus on the lifespan – being born, bearing children, moving around, dying – activities that people have in common no matter their living conditions or political systems. History and demography share an interest in people, and over the last fifty years or so, a subdiscipline has developed: historical demography. It was not called demographic history, however, not even by historians who work the field and use this approach to the past. What is in a name? Is historical demography a misnomer? The term may not be ideal. But it does have a historical explanation.2 ← 1 | 2 →

CISH Stockholm 1960 Congress

In 1960 The International Committee of Historical Sciences/ Comité International des Sciences Historiques (ICHS/CISH) held its XIth world congress in Stockholm, Sweden. The French demographer Louis Henry had been invited to present to historians worldwide his later-to-be renowned family reconstitution method which he had developed in cooperation with a historian, Michel Fleury (Fleury and Henry 1956). At the time, one exemplary case of a reconstituted parish existed: Crulai, a village in Normandy, France (Gautier and Henry 1958a; 1958b).3 On Saturday 27 August 1960, in front of a large audience, in one of the sessions dedicated to historical methods, Louis Henry presented...

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