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Demographic crises
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1. Definition

The term “demographic crisis” is used in three ways in historical population studies. In a first, very general sense, it denotes severe interruptions in the long-term growth of the European population consisting of declines or periods of stagnation. The term in this sense thus relates to the long-term cycles of demographic development. From such a perspective, it is p…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Demographic crises”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018227>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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