Publications

Life under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia 1700-1900

Authors
LEE James Z., Tommy BENGTSSON, Cameron CAMPBELL
Year of Publication
2004
Publisher
Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press

This highly original book—the first in a series analyzing historical population behavior in Europe and Asia—pioneers a new approach to the comparative analysis of societies in the past. Using techniques of event history analysis, the authors examine 100,000 life histories in 100 rural communities in Western Europe and Asia to analyze the demographic response to social and economic pressures. In doing so they challenge the accepted Eurocentric Malthusian view of population processes and demonstrate that population behavior has not been as uniform as previously thought—that it has often been determined by human agency, particularly social structure and cultural practice.