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Lifespans of the European elite, 800–1800

Cummins, Neil (2017) Lifespans of the European elite, 800–1800. Journal of Economic History, 77 (2). 406 - 439. ISSN 0022-0507

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022050717000468


I analyze the adult age at death of 115,650 European nobles from 800 to 1800. Longevity began increasing long before 1800 and the Industrial Revolution, with marked increases around 1400 and again around 1650. Declines in violent deaths from battle contributed to some of this increase, but the majority must reflect other changes in individual behavior. There are historic spatial contours to European elite mortality; Northwest Europe achieved greater adult lifespans than the rest of Europe even by 1000 AD.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Economic History Association
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2024 00:06

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