Rhenish Underclasses from 1794 to 1814

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Finzsch, Norbert (Anglo-Amerikanische Abteilung, Universität zu Köln)
  • Deutsches Historisches Institut, Washington D.C., USA
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    Content analytical evaluation of the so-called ´poverty certificates´ in view of the social and economic situation of the ´Hausarmen´ in Cologne during the time of the French occupation (1798 to 1808) and the evaluation of this situation by the responsible authorities. Topics: Topographic distribution of the Hausarmut, marital status and living conditions of Hausarmen, causes of the poverty, reasons for being needy, amount and type of support, justification of poverty, perception of poverty by the authorities, support and decision-maker in the authorities.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1794 / 1814
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
Sampled Universe
The approx. 2000 ´poverty certificates´ (in the data set 1678 cleaned cases) recorded in the time interval 1797 to 1808; the ´poverty certificates´ served as proof of need for the ´Hausarmen´ of the city of Cologne, were issued on request or when an official position found it necessary and entitled the recipient of the poverty certificate to receive support in the form of money or food.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Census
Collection Mode
  • Sources: Systematic development of poverty certificates of the city of Cologne kept in the Cologne city archive.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 1406
    Number of Variables: 57
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8046 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Finzsch, Norbert: Obrigkeit und Unterschichten. Zur Geschichte der rheinischen Unterschichten gegen Ende des 18. und zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner 1990.
  • Norbert Finzsch et al.: Erfahrungsbericht der Arbeitsgruppe "Armutsforschung". In: Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung 13, 1988, Nr. 4, S. 163-171.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23