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Demographic Avant-Garde
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This book elucidates what made the Jews in Bohemia (the historic name for the western part of the Czech lands) forerunners of the demographic transition. It examines demographic data from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century, and looks for what made Bohemian Jews’ data distinct from the trends observed in the gentile community and among Jews elsewhere. The unique demographic behavior started when Jews were still living in segregated ghettos. From the 18th century onwards, Bohemian Jews developed patterns of decreasing mortality and fertility that were not observed among the gentile majority.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright page
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgements, Note on Place Names
  2. pp. xv-xxiv
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  1. Part 1. The Concept of a Demographic Avant-Garde: Three Keys
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Chapter 1. Population Change, Demographic Transition and Its Forerunners
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Chapter 2. Historical Context: The Case of Jews in Bohemia
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. Chapter 3. Data Sources: Correct Use and Interpretation
  2. pp. 33-40
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  1. Part 2. Jewish Population Development in Bohemia: Trends and Transitions from the Mid-Eighteenth to the Mid-Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Chapter 4. Population Growth and Spatial Distribution
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. Chapter 5. Population Structure: Sex, Age, and Marital Status
  2. pp. 57-66
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  1. Chapter 6. Marital Patterns: Nuptiality and Divorce
  2. pp. 67-76
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  1. Chapter 7. Fertility
  2. pp. 77-96
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  1. Chapter 8. Mortality and Causes of Death
  2. pp. 97-110
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  1. Chapter 9. Natural Population Increase, Migration, Religious Disaffiliation, and Acculturation
  2. pp. 111-124
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  1. Part 3. Social and Economic Characteristics of Jews in Bohemia
  2. pp. 125-126
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  1. Chapter 10. Linguistic Identity and Ethnicity
  2. pp. 127-134
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  1. Chapter 11. Education System and Enrolment
  2. pp. 135-144
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  1. Chapter 12. Social Status, Professional Structure, and Economic Contributions
  2. pp. 145-154
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 155-164
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  1. List of References and Data Sources
  2. pp. 165-172
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 173-222
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  1. Index of Names and Concepts
  2. pp. 223-225
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  1. Back cover
  2. pp. 251-251
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