History | COLLOQ-MOD WEST EUROPEAN HISTORY
H620 | 2982 | Alter


3:35-5:30P     M     BH011

Topic:  Family, Economy & Demography in Europe and Asia
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section meets with WEUR W605

This course will ask how family behavior mediated the balance between
population and resources in pre-industrial and early industrial Europe
and Asia.  Since Malthus, there has been a presumption that the
European family system was more successful in controlling population
growth by restricting on marriage to reduce fertility.  By
implication, early marriage made Asian societies more susceptible to
over-population and mortality crises.  Recent research challenging
this view emphasizes the low rates of reproduction in China and Japan
and evidence of voluntary population control.  We will examine this
literature in a comparative perspective focusing on the implications
of different family systems for women, children, and the elderly and
also the links between the family, population, and economic
development.