Statistical Studies of Historical Social Structure

Statistical Studies of Historical Social Structure

1st Edition - January 1, 1978

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  • Authors: Kenneth W. Wachter, Eugene A. Hammel, Peter Laslett
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263083

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Statistical Studies of Historical Social Structure articulates and applies concepts from statistics into historical investigations of pre-industrial English households. The book provides statistical reports on household composition and demographic influences and uses simulation in the study of problems in historical structure. Chapters are devoted to computer simulation experiments; presentation and analysis of English household composition data; correlation of English patriline extinction with social mobility; and how age distribution affects English social structure. Statisticians, historians, demographers, researchers, and students will find the book interesting.

Table of Contents

  • Contents

    List of Exhibits




    1 Demographic Rates and Complexity of Households: Rationale for Experiments

    2 Demography in the Computer

    3 Household Hypotheses

    4 Experimental Results

    5 The English Evidence on Household Structure Compared with the Outcomes of Microsimulation

    A. The Cambridge Collection of Listings of Settlements

    B. Critique of the English Data

    C. Homogeneity in the Composition of English Households

    D. Lessons of Microsimulation Exercises for English Household Structure

    E. Value of the Simulation Exercises

    Appendix: Selection and Completeness Criteria for English Listings

    6 The Stem-Family Hypothesis and Its Privileged Position

    A. Evidence from the Continent of Europe

    B. Inheritance, Partible and Impartible, in Relation to Household Composition

    C. Close Comparison with German Figures

    D. Conclusion

    7 Measuring Patriline Extinction for Modeling Social Mobility in the Past

    A. Background to the Questions

    B. The Definition of Extinction Rate

    C. Characterizing the Evidence

    D. Analysis of the Data

    8 The Income of Hilandar: A Statistical Exploration

    A. Introduction

    B. The Data

    C. Analysis

    9 Ancestors at the Norman Conquest

    10 Living Forbears in Stable Populations

    A. The Death of Parents in Present-Day France

    B. Grandparents and Great Grandparents

    C. Forbears in Other Epochs and Places

    D. Matching Cases in the Age Pyramids

    11 Age Pyramid Variances

    A. Age Pyramid Variability and Population Theory

    B. Rule of Thumb for Variances

    C. Using the Rule of Thumb for Classical Statistical Procedures

    D. No-Confidence Intervals

    E. Simultaneous Inference

    F. Analytic Arguments

    G. Results of the Stylized Simulations

    H. Conditions of the Simulations

    I. The Stochastic Plateau

    J. Conclusion



Product details

  • No. of pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: January 1, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263083

About the Authors

Kenneth W. Wachter

Eugene A. Hammel

Peter Laslett

About the Editor

E. A. Hammel

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