An Economic and Social History of the Netherlands, by Michael Wintle

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This booklet offers a accomplished account of Dutch heritage within the "long" 19th century. during this attention-grabbing and instructive interval the rustic observed super speedy inhabitants development, impressive demise premiums, fantastic fertility, the various quickest financial development on the planet, a uniquely huge and effective carrier region, an enormous and ecocnomic in a foreign country empire, and relative tolerance. this is often the single single-authored publication at the moment on hand in this an important interval of Dutch historical past, and it'll be of imperative significance to Dutch experts, in addition to eu historians extra in most cases.

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Knippenberg, ‘De demograWsche ontwikkeling’, 59–60. 24 Demography, and the health of the nation total population between 1815 and 1950. Õ» The questions which beg of the development in birth rates, therefore, are why they started to decline in the nineteenth century, and why they declined more slowly than in most other European countries. The same applies to marital fertility Wgures, which are a much more sophisticated and nuanced indicator of reproduction behaviour than the crude birth rate.

Most emigrants were of farmer or farm-labourer status, and what they were after was land. —Ã There is also some evidence that not religious persecution by the state but Swierenga, ‘‘‘Exodus Netherlands’’’, 518–20. , The Dutch in America, 27–30. Stokvis, ‘Nederland’, 72. — Lucassen, Dutch long distance migration, 25–6. Brugmans, Paardenkracht, 200; Petersen, Planned migration, 55; Van Winter, ‘De Nederlanders’ 87. See also Stokvis, ‘Nederland’. , The Dutch in America, 38. –— —» —… —À 0 1840 40 80 120 160 200 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 Source: Swierenga, ‘‘‘Exodus Netherlands, Promised Land America’’’, 524.

4. Life expectancy at birth in the Netherlands, male and female, 1840–1952. 9 Source: CBS. life expectancy at birth is of course a spurious one: the most likely fate to befall the Dutch newly born in the nineteenth century was one of death before reaching the age of twelve months. œ But with extremely high death rates for most of the nineteenth century, a worryingly prominent role was played by infant mortality. 2). Locally, these mortality rates could rise to and remain at truly awesome levels, so much so that it is diYcult for Western historians today to imagine life under such conditions.

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