By Michael Wintle
This booklet presents a accomplished account of Dutch heritage within the "long" 19th century. during this interesting and instructive interval the rustic observed tremendous fast inhabitants development, notable dying premiums, unbelievable fertility, the various quickest financial progress on the planet, a uniquely huge and effective carrier zone, an unlimited and ecocnomic in a foreign country empire, and relative tolerance. this can be the single single-authored ebook at present on hand in this an important interval of Dutch background, and it'll be of primary value to Dutch experts, in addition to ecu historians extra in most cases.
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Demographic indicators 21 the most celebrated campaigners was active – according to his own version of events – right at the beginning of the century, in 1809, in no less a personage than the King, Louis Napoleon, brother of the French Emperor and installed as monarch of the satellite Kingdom of Holland between 1806 and 1810. During a royal ‘progress’ through the towns and villages of the south-west of his domain in May 1809, Louis recalled in his memoirs that, The King [Louis] remarked with pain and surprise, that many of the countrywomen, instead of bringing up their infants on their Wrst and natural food, gave them cow’s milk and pap; and enjoined the ministers of religion, to use all their eVorts to remove this abuse.
However, the ‘Malthusian’ explanation seems to operate more as a background factor, and less as a direct cause for the rapid decline in mortality, especially from 1870 onwards. There is an attraction in the directness of taking an approach which embraces medical advances as the great cause of the defeat of disease, and indeed medical historians of earlier generations have tended to ply their trade as one which charts the gradual but increasing success of medicine in the battle against mortality.
2). But what of regional variation within the national aggregate: what can this side of the demographic coin tell us about the changes undergone in Dutch society in the last two centuries? 1 shows the gender division of the Dutch population in the last 200 years; as is usual, there has been a slight preponderance of women over men. , ‘De zuigelingen- en kindersterfte’, 484–5. Ã» Van Poppel, ‘Religion and health’, 244–52. , ‘De zuigelingen- en kindersterfte’, 489–90. See also Van Poppel, Trouwen, chapter 2.