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Life Under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900 (Eurasian Population and Family History Series) Paperback – 13 Feb 2009


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"A major milestone in preindustrial population history."-- J. P. McCoy, "Choice"

"The book is amazingly rich and fascinating and represents a major advance in historical demography in data collection, theory, and methods."-- Ronald Lee and Richard H. Steckel, "Historical Methods"

"There is much talk about comparative history, but very little systematic effort to do it. Bengtsson, Campbell, Lee, and their collaborators have produced a work that is truly remarkable in its conception and execution, and a model for future generations."--Richard Easterlin, University Professor and Professor of Economics, University of Southern California

"In this remarkable volume, Bengtsson, Campbell, Lee, and their collaborators compare population dynamics in Europe and Asia in the centuries just before industrialization. Using both causal models and local studies, they show how household structures, cultural values, and domestic decisions produced variations in mortality across age, gender, and income levels. Combining exceptional geographic breadth with rigorous attention to local details, these studies are essential for understanding fundamental patterns of life in preindustrial societies."--Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University

"This book is a major contribution to our understanding of the escape from hunger and premature death since 1700. It goes beyond previous studies both in the wealth of comparative data that it has assembled and in its analytical insights. It is indispensable reading for historians, demographers, and economists concerned with long-term trends at both micro and macro levels."--Robert W. Fogel, Director, Center for Population Economics, University of Chicago, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

"The authors have assembled powerful new data sets that shed light on questions about demographic behavior in the context of household and community, and permit comparative analysis across Europe and Asia. This is the richest and most important work in population history in many years."--Ronald Lee, Professor of Demography and Economics, University of California, Berkeley

"A major milestone in preindustrial population history." J. P. McCoy Choice

"The book is amazingly rich and fascinating and represents a major advance in historical demography in data collection, theory, and methods." Ronald Lee and Richard H. Steckel Historical Methods

The book is amazingly rich and fascinating and represents a major advance in historical demography in data collection, theory, and methods.--Ronald Lee and Richard H. Steckel "Historical Methods "

The book is amazingly rich and fascinating and represents a major advance in historical demography in data collection, theory, and methods.

--Ronald Lee and Richard H. Steckel "Historical Methods "

About the Author

Cameron Campbell is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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