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Population police
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1. Definition

The term population police denotes a specific concept of population policy common throughout Europe. It was used in the second half of the 18th century in the context of German Polizeiwissenschaft (police science, meaning something like public policy) and describes a cluster of administrative measures that were collectively designed to increase the population of a country. Population police can therefore be defined as the specifically abso…

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Simon, Thomas, “Population police”, 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 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017560>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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