LIFE UNDER PRESSURE
Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900

TOMMY BENGTSSON, CAMERON CAMPBELL and JAMES Z LEE
552pp 29 ILLUS 2004 OUT OF PRINT HA36

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Description
This book studies 100,000 life histories in rural communities in Western Europe and Asia to analyse demographic response to social and economic pressures. In doing so it demonstrates that population behaviour has not been as uniform as previously thought – that it has often been determined by human agency, particularly social structures and cultural practice. The authors examine the complex relationship between human behaviour and social and economic environment at the individual, household and community levels, analysing age, gender, family, kinship, social class and social organisation, climate, food prices and real wages to compare mortality responses to adversity.