Przeszłość Demograficzna Polski (Jan 2022)

A Top-down Approach to the Historical Demography of 18th-Century Pomerania

  • Rolf Gehrmann

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 44


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Taking advantage of relatively well-preserved Prussian statistics, the author examines the dynamics of the Pomeranian population in the 18th century to suggest priorities for further studies at both the individual and local community level. He proposes to take the concept of the mode of reproduction as their common paradigm and also take a functionalist approach, even if detailed research may reveal that it was not external forces, as older theories proclaim, but internal forces of destabilization that finally destroyed the assumed system.