Life-Expectancy in Germany, 1700 to 1890.

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Imhof, Arthur E. (Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin)
Publication Date
  • Imhof, Arthur E. Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    In this study the constantly rising human life expectancy since the beginning of the 18th century is analysed in some regions of Germany in comparative point of view. On the basis of worldwide singular sources in terms of clan registers of villages and localities as well as flow sheets the researcher Arthur E. Imhof and his research group of the ‘Freie Universität Berlin’ analysed more than 130.000 individual biografies from the 17th till the 19th century in six regions of northern, southern and central Germany. Aim of this research project was to compile area life-tables and to compute the life-expectancy. To enable comparisons with life-expectancy-calculations of today, all data originally prepared by generations are transformed into period-tables according to modern demografic methods. Topics Regional and national datafiles on populationstructure, development of mortality, historical demography, family structure, date of birth, marriages, number of birth, date of death, cause of death, locality of death, occupation, occupation of the parents. This study is available as SPSS-Data file as well as a downloadable EXCEL-Data-File, offered via the online-downloadsystem HISTAT (Historical Statistics). In HISTAT timeseries data are available. Categorisation in HISTAT: In HISTAT an excerpt of the archived total data stock is offered. The total data stock can be ordered as individual personal data at GESIS, Data Archive and Data Analysis. A. Datatables about mortality (14 tables, timeseries) B. Synoptical mortality tables (14 tables, timeseries) C. Datatables about life expectancy (14 tables, timeseries) D. Synoptical tables: all regions (without Hamburg) by sex in periodical presentation. (14 tables, timeseries)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1700 / 1890
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
  • Germany according to the respective area borders (regional data from Hamburg, East Friesland, Hartum, Schwalm, Saarland, Herrenberg, Ortenau).
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 174503
    Number of Variables: 36
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8066 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Imhof, Arthur E. et al.: Lebenserwartung in Deutschland vom 17. bis 19. Jahrhundert. Weinheim: Acta humaniora, 1990.
  • Imhof, Arthur E. (Hrsg.): Leben wir zulange? Die Zunahme unserer Lebensspanne seit 300 Jahren und die Folgen. Beiträge eines Symposiums vom 27. bis 29. November 1991 an der Freien Universität Berlin. Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau 1992.
  • Imhof, Arthur E., Weinknecht, R. (Hrsg.): Erfüllt leben - in Gelassenheit sterben: Geschichte und Gegenwart. Beiträge eines interdisziplinären Symposiums vom 23. bis 25. November 1993 an der Freien Universität Berlin. Berlin: Duncker & Humblodt 1994.
  • Imhof, Arthur E. (Hrsg.): Lebenserwartungen in Deutschland, Norwegen und Schweden im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 1994.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 21 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23