An Introduction to Historical Demography

An Introduction to Historical Demography

Historical demography is a branch of population studies, which can be defined as ‘the application of demographic techniques to historical data’ (Zhao 2008) but there is no clear definition of the age at which such data becomes ‘historical’. Typically, the record sets are more than a century old, but there is no universally agreed date on which current demography takes over from historical demography.

This seminar is based on the chapter on historical demography in the forthcoming 3rd edition of Beginning Population Studies, edited by Dr David Lucas. The seminar will give a broad overview of historical demography, its advantages and disadvantages, its main data sources, the development of the discipline over time and its potential future. The focus will be mainly on the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Cathy Day is a biological anthropologist with a research interest in historical marriage patterns in the UK. Cathy is Research Manager for the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice Group in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at ANU.

Date & time

Fri 18 May 2018, 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Jean Martin Room, Beryl Rawson Bldg 13, Ellery Crescent, ANU


Dr Cathy Day, ANU College of Health and Medicine


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