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Vith the exception of some indications of moderately rising fertility in a single Devonshire village and within the peerage, we still do not know much with any degree of certainty about 1 For example, by J. Knodel, 'Infant Mortality and Fertility in Three Bavarian Villages: An Analysis of Family Histories from the Nineteenth Century', Population Studies, xxn (1968) and technical references cited there. 2 A. J. Ryerson, 'Medical Advice on Child-rearing, 1550-1900', Harvard Educational Review, XXXXI (1961).
Mullett, The Bubonic Plague and England (University of Kentucky Press, Lexington, 1956). 2 R. Pollitzer, Plague (Geneva, 1954) p. 14. 3 Rickman, Malthus, Finlaison, Farr and Chadwick, for example. 49 that part of it. The recent shift of the focus of studies to the pattern of mortality fluctuations and the dynamics of epidemic and endemic disease seems to offer more hope of illuminating this problem, though the unreliability of eighteenth-century medical diagnoses must impose limitations on progress in this direction.
1 Epidemic disease spread by invading armies reduced by almost one-half the population of a wide area of southern Jutland and Schleswig in 1659-60. 2 Harvest failure due to drought created a very widespread crisis in France in 1693-4, while there was enormous mortality in Provence in 1720-1 during the last great Western European epidemic of bubonic plague. 3 The Irish famine of 1845-7 was, of course, also such a crisis. Local research on parish registers is beginning to demonstrate that, while there may have been no major national catastrophes in eighteenth-century Britain, there was certainly a number of local episodes involving temporary high mortality.
British Population Growth, 1700–1850 by M. W. Flinn (auth.)