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Fertility in Belgium declined early and remained low compared with that in other European countries. For this reason, and because of the nation's heterogeneity, study of its demographic transition illuminates the relationship between fertility behavior and socioeconomic development. Professor Lesthaeghe first describes the Belgian experience in a way that permits direct comparison with that of other European nations. He then tests the several explanatory hypotheses for the European fertility decline against his data.

Belgium's heterogeneity in the nineteenth-century and in the first half of the twentieth was economic, social, and cultural. Some areas of the country underwent industrialization as early as 1800-1830, while others shifted away from agriculture and artisanal modes of production only between 1880 and 1910. Between 1890 and 1900, regional fertility levels differed drastically, as did regional infant mortality rates and life expectancies at birth. In addition, wide variation occurred in the process of secularization, linguistic characteristics, demographic trends, and other cultural indicators. By describing and analyzing these data in relation to Belgium's fertility decline, Professor Lesthaeghe makes a major contribution to the theory of the demographic transition that occurred throughout Europe.

Originally published in 1978.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Maps and Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. 1: Introduction
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2: The Social and Economic Modernization
  2. pp. 15-45
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  1. 3: The Evolution of Nuptiality
  2. pp. 46-94
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  1. 4: The Transition of Marital, Illegitimate, and General Fertility
  2. pp. 95-141
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  1. 5: Factors Associated with the Fertility Decline—A First Approach
  2. pp. 142-195
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  1. 6: Factors Associated with the Fertility Decline— Multivariate Analyses
  2. pp. 196-220
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  1. 7: Final Considerations
  2. pp. 221-232
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  1. Appendix: The Quality of the Demographic Data
  2. pp. 233-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-263
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400870035
MARC Record
OCLC
905863735
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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