Lecture 16 - Population in Traditional China

author: Robert Wyman, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University
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published: May 14, 2010,   recorded: March 2009,   views: 3487
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China's early demographic history is similar to that of Europe; population grows only slowly due to war, disease and Malthusian resource limitation. Later, introduction of American foods allowed cultivated land to expand, but population expanded even more rapidly, leading to an extremely dense, but poor population. During this time, female infanticide was frequent, but almost all surviving girls got married. Within marriage, their fertility rate was much lower than that of their European counterparts. This system compares to the English with a low rate of marriage, but high fertility within marriage.

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Lee, James and Wang Feng. "Malthusian Models and Chinese Realities: China's Demographic System 1700-2000." Population and Development Review, 25 (1999), pp. 33-65

Belanger, Daniele. "Son Preference in a Rural Village in North Vietnam." Studies in Family Planning, 33 (2002), pp. 324-332

Mosher, Steven. Mother's Ordeal: One Woman's Fight Against China's One-Child Policy, pp. 5-22 and 32-40

Rogers, Everett and D. Lawrence Kincaid. Communication Networks, Toward a New Paradigm for Research, pp. 1-27 Resources: Guest Speaker Presentation [PDF]

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