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German Crime, Death and Socioeconomic Data, 1871-1914

Resource Type
  • Johnson, Eric A. (Department of History, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, USA)
Publication Date
  • E.A. Johnson, Department of History, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, USA (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    Crime and socioeconomic data for the German Reich and mortality statistics for Prussia at county level for 1871 to 1912. Topics: A: variables for the entire German Reich (1047 counties) 1. crime data: a) totals of all convicted for crimes and offences per 100000 b) number convicted due to dangerous bodily injury per 100000 c) number convicted due to simple theft per 100000 2. demographic information: a) totals of population of the age of criminal responsibility in the counties for 1885, 1905 and 1910 b) male German-speaking population in 1900 c) female German-speaking population in 1900 d) male, non-German-speaking population in 1900 e) female, non-German-speaking population in 1900 f) primary ethnic groups in 1900 3. data on urbanization: a) total population of the municipalities with more than 2000 residents per county in 1900 b) population in medium-sized cities per county in 1900 c) population in large cities per county in 1900 d) total population per county in 1900 e) typing the counties in city counties (=1) and districts (=2) in 1900 4. Geographic data a) short designation of all counties (1881 to 1912) b) identification number of all counties listed under 4a) c) surface area of the county in square kilometers in 1900 B: variables for Prussia (583 counties) mortality data for 1885, 1886, 1904, 1905 and 1906: a) totals of deaths (according to sex) for the respective year b) number of deaths due to Tuberculosis (according to sex) for the respective year c) number of deaths due to suicide (according to sex) for the respective year d) number of deaths due to murder and manslaughter (according to sex) for the respective year The variables for the Prussian counties can be compared with the corresponding counties of the German Reich.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1871 / 1914
Geographic Coverage
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 1047
    Number of Variables: 78
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8069 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Johnson, Eric A.: The Roots of Crime in Imperial Germany. In: Central European History, Volume XV, Number 4, December 1982.
  • Johnson, Eric A.: Urbanization and crime: Germany, 1871-1914. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995.

Update Metadata: 2019-01-16 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23

Johnson, Eric A. (1991): German Crime, Death and Socialeconomic Data, 1871-1914. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.