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Bastardy and its comparative history : studies in the history of illegitimacy and marital nonconformism in Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, North America, Jamaica, and Japan / edited by Peter Laslett, Karla Oosterveen, and Richard M. Smith.

; Oosterveen, Karla, 1905- ; Smith, Richard Michael, 1946- ; Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1980.
ISBN 0674063384

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Other Authors Laslett, Peter.
Oosterveen, Karla, 1905-
Smith, Richard Michael, 1946-
Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
Subjects Cross-Cultural Comparison.
Filiation naturelle -- Histoire.
France -- Social life and customs.
Germany -- Social life and customs.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Illegitimacy -- History.
Illegitimate children -- History.
Illegitimate children.
Jamaica -- Social life and customs.
Japan -- Social life and customs.
Nichteheliches Kind.
Sweden -- Social life and customs.
United States -- Social life and customs.
Series Studies in social and demographic history.
Description xv, 431 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Copyright Date 1980.
Notes Based in part on research by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-416) and index.
Summary "This is the first historical and sociological examination of bastardy ... during a four hundred year span ... the authors find: (1) distinct temporal and regional patterns in illegitimacy, as regular as those of fertility and mortality, and they suggest that fluctuations reflect changes in the efficacy of marriage; (2) a rise in the proportion of illegitimate births interrupted by two interludes of decline; (3) little impact of urbanization and industrialization on bastardy rates in Western Europe." Cf. fly-leaf of paper cover.
Contents Introduction: comparing illegitimacy over time and between cultures / Peter Laslett -- I. Britain -- Illegitimacy and illegitimates in English history / Alan Macfarlene -- Family reconstitution and the study of bastardy : evidence from certain English parishes / Karla Oosterveen, Richard M. Smith, Susan Stewart -- An evaluation of bastardy recordings in an East Kent parish / Anthea Newman -- The social context of illegitimacy in early modern England / David Levine and Keith Wrightson -- The nadir of English illegitimacy in the seventeenth century / Keith Wrightson -- Aspects of sexual behaviour in nineteenth-century Scotland / Christopher Smout -- The bastardy prone sub-society / Peter Laslett -- Appendix / Richard M. Smith -- II. Western Europe -- Illegitimates and foundlings in pre-industrial France / Jean Meyer -- Illegitimacy in France during the nineteenth century / Etienne van de Walle -- Illegitimate births in France from 1740 to 1829 and in the 1960s / Yves Blayo -- Urban and rural illegitimacy in Imperial Germany / John Knodel and Steven Hochstadt -- Illegitimacy in seventeenth-and eighteenth -century East Sweden / David Gaunt -- Illegitimacy and marriage in three Swedish parishes in the nineteenth century / Ann-Sofie Kälvemark -- Illegitimacy and marriage in Stockholm in the nineteenth century / Maragretta R. Matovic -- III. North American, Jamaica and Japan -- Illegitimacy and bridal pregnancy in colonial America / Robert V. Wells -- The long cycle in American illegitimacy and prenuptial pregnancy / Daniel Scott Smith -- Illegitiamcy in Jamaica / Shirley Foster Hartley -- Illegitimacy in Japan / Akira Hayami.
Genre History.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)5894398
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