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Marriage pattern, European
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1. Definition

The concept of a European marriage pattern was presented by the English statistician John Hajnal in 1965 and has had a lasting impact on historical-demographic and social-historical research on the modern era in Europe ever since [8]; [5. 11]. Hajnal’s concept did not take account of all the social, cultural, economic, and legal phenomena connected with matrimony and marriage [7], but focused on the two demographic parameters of marital a…

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Ehmer, Josef and Schröter, Wilko, “Marriage pattern, European”, 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 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020839>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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