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Height of Students of the Ecole Polytechnique, 1794 - 1887

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Komlos, John (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München Volkswirtschaftliche Fakultät Seminar für Wirtschaftsgeschichte)
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    It is widely unknown that French historians in the tradition of Annales were among the first who used the methods of physical anthropology and biology to address historical issues. One of these issues is related with the then most surprising discovery of this discipline: human physical stature, able to adapt to socio-economic surroundings, has run through veritable cycles in the last quarter of the last millennium. This study aims to expand knowledge about the nutritional status of Frances’ middle class. In order to do so the physical stature of students of the Ecole Polytechnique are examined. The data set describes the distribution of height of the students of the Ecole Polytechnique de Palaiseau in the period of the French revolution and the following period of economic growth. The presented information contain month and year of matriculation, month and year of birth, province and place of origin, height in cm, head of the family and occupation of parents.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1794 / 1887
Geographic Coverage
  • France (FR)
Sampled Universe
Students of the Ecole Polytechnique de Palaiseau
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 13195
    Number of Variables: 10
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8136 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Komlos, John; 1995: ´The Nutritional Status of French Students´ In: Komlos, J. (ed.); 1995: ´The Biological Standard of Living in Europe and America, 1700 – 1900´. Collected Studies Series. Aldershot: Variorum, S. 493 – 508.

Update Metadata: 2020-07-17 | Issue Number: 75 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23

Komlos, John (2006): Körpergröße der Studenten der Polytechnischen Hochschule (Ecole Polytechnique) 1794 - 1887. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.