coverage of our general topic on the internet falls into the usual two
familiar categories: the reproduction of some scholarly articles in a
freely accessible form, and bibliographic leads (including reviews and
publicity) to books and other articles that require purchasing either in
online or printed form. Though promising accessible demographic
databases have been planned with material relating to the population
dynamics of late-imperial China (for example,
http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/PDATASET.htm ), we are
not aware of any that can currently be utilized in the way that ours is
intended to be. Our present project has been confined to exploring the
technical means of analyzing a hitherto unused type of source material.
It has not included making a systematic evaluative survey of the related
pre-existing scholarly work touching on mid-Qing demography, which would
be a valuable but different type of enterprise. We have also tried to
set current controversies to one side for the time being, in order to
avoid as far as possible being influenced by them in our analyses and
The short list of sites that follows is limited to a sample of
immediately or relatively easily accessible items that may be of some
interest in the context of the work we have undertaken here. We would
welcome the suggestion of additions, but reserve the right to add only
those that seem both closely relevant and of good quality.
Note: '*' indicates a full text that is freely available, though
sometimes without all its tables or figures. The others are summaries,
or sample pages, often with facilities for paid access.
"Revising the Malthusian Narrative:
the Comparative Study of Population Dynamics in Late Imperial China"
by William Lavely and R. Bin Wong. *
"Malthusian Models and Chinese
Realities: The Chinese Demographic System 1700-2000"
by James Lee and Wang Feng.
25.1 pp. 33 - 65 (March 1999)
context and the timing of first marriage in Eurasian comparative
perspective" by Cameron Campbell, George Alter, Renzo
"Marital Fertility Control among the
Qing Nobility: Implications for Two Types of Preventive Check"
by Wang Feng, James Lee, Cameron Campbell.
Vol. 49, No. 3 (Nov., 1995), pp. 383-400 in JSTOR.
"Birthspacing and early stopping
behavior in Xiaoshan County, Zhejiang Province, China" by
Darryl J Holman, Han Hua, and Stevan Harrell.*
Fertility Control in Late Imperial China: Spacing and Stopping in the
Qing Imperial Lineage" by Cameron D. Campbell and James Z.
Volume 62 - Number 2 - Summer 1996
"Family and population in China from the sixteenth to the eighteenth
century in the light of a recent study" by Liu Ts'ui-Jung. [Famille
et population en Chine du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle à la lumière d'un
ouvrage récent de Liu Ts'ui-Jung.] by Michel Cartier.
1995. 149-59 pp. Paris, France. In French with summary in English.
"Using data from a recent study on lineage population and socioeconomic
change in China, the author attempts to reconstruct some demographic
trends from the sixteenth century onward. The data involve a large
sample of 260,000 individuals born between the thirteenth and nineteenth
centuries. He concludes that there was a major deterioration in
mortality from the middle of the eighteenth century, which was
associated with an increase in widowhood and a decline in fertility."
Volume 63 - Number 4 - Winter 1997
"Long-term mortality patterns in Chinese history: evidence from a
recorded clan population" by Zhongwei Zhao.
Vol. 51, No. 2, Jul 1997. 117-27 pp. London, England. "This study, by
analysing a set of Chinese genealogies, examines long-term mortality
patterns in a selected clan population over a period of more than 1,000
years. The result shows that, in this selected population, mortality
fluctuated around a relatively high level and showed no secular change
over the very long period studied. The study also provides a comparison
between the mortality patterns found in the selected population and
those observed in a much larger Chinese lineage population, as well as
those recorded among the British elites born between the sixteenth and
the early nineteenth century. Based on the findings of this research,
the paper presents some tentative suggestions about long-term mortality
changes in Chinese history."
"Infant and Child Mortality among
the Qing Nobility: Implications for Two Types of Positive Check"
by James Lee, Wang Feng, and Cameron Campbell.
Vol. 48, No. 3 (Nov., 1994), pp. 395-411 in JSTOR.
Genealogies as a Source for Demographic Research: A Further Assessment
of Their Reliability and Biases" by Zhongwei Zhao.
Vol. 55, No. 2 (Jul., 2001), pp.181-193 in JSTOR.
The broader context
or Fiction? Re-examination of Chinese Premodern Population Statistics"
by Kent G. Deng.*