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T. S. Ashton Prize: Joint Winning Essay. Demographic Decline in Late Medieval England: Some Thoughts on Recent Research

Mark Bailey
The Economic History Review
New Series, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 1-19
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
DOI: 10.2307/2598445
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2598445
Page Count: 19
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T. S. Ashton Prize: Joint Winning Essay. Demographic Decline in Late Medieval England: Some Thoughts on Recent Research
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Abstract

The causes of prolonged demographic decline in late medieval England are the subject of vigorous debate among historians, mainly as a result of the lack of reliable data. Traditionally, historians have pointed to the persistence of epidemic and endemic disease, but recent explanations have tended to focus upon economic changes after the Black Death which enticed women into the workforce and thus depressed fertility. This article questions both the empirical and the theoretical basis of this revisionism, and explores an alternative hypothesis to explain the transition from a 'late-medieval' demographic regime where mortality dominated to an 'early modern' regime where fertility was paramount.

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