Urban Mortality Change in Britain and Germany 1870-1913

BookUrban Mortality Change in Britain and Germany 1870-1913

Urban Mortality Change in Britain and Germany 1870-1913

Liverpool Studies in European Population, 5


November 1st, 1998





In a careful and well-written analysis, Vögele focuses attention on the question of when towns ceased to be relatively unhealthy compared with rural areas, with useful discussions of disease categories and issues concerning the different structuring of data in the British and German national contexts. Although the focus is on urban health conditions and epidemic control, these are related to a wide range of social factors. The text has valuable comparable insights, for example on urbanisation and professionalisation, and provides a lucid exposition of some major theories concerning the social determinants of diseases. With a sure grasp of mortality trends and associated socio-economic processes, Vögele presents a convincing picture from the early modern period of age-specific mortality trends. This is an important comparative historical study of mortality, in which the author offers an impressive synthesis of complex data and issues concerning rapid urbanisation and social conditions. It will be of great interest to British and German historians as well as to those concerned with economic history, demographic history and the history of medicine and it will be a pivotal reference work for those seeking to apply demographic expertise to the understanding of changing disease patterns.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
I: Introduction
1. Introductory remarks
2. Approach, Methods and Aims
3. Sources
4. Conclusion to Part I
II: Urban Mortality Change
5. The Setting
6. Urban Mortality in England and Germany, 1870-1910
7. Conclusion to Part II
III: The Determinants of Urban Mortality Change
8. Introduction to Part III
9. Economic Growth and Mortality Change
10. Housing Conditions and Mortality Change
11. Improving the Environment: The Impact of Sanitary Reforms on the People’s Health
12. Medicine and the City
IV: Conclusion
13. Summary and concluding remarks