Duisburg in the 18th century. Social structure and population movement of a small town in the Lower Rhineland area between 1713 and 1814

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Jägers, Regina (Universität Bonn)
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    In the beginning of the 18th century Duisburg was a small university town with almost 3000 inhabitants and still heavily dominated by agriculture. In addition, crafts and trade, in particular textile industry, were other important branches of industry. Politically and economically Duisburg was dominated by a reformed confession Catholic and Lutheran minority confessions, The study deals with the serious demographic and social changes within the town. Main topic of this works is the presentation of the population development of Duisburg and its social structures in the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century based on church records. Besides the empirical statistical evaluation, the numbers are set in relation to the political/legal and religious circumstances of this time and space. Using the data from the censuses from 1714 and 1811 as well as other fiscally motivated surveys, socio-professional shift models of Duisburg´s population of the beginning and the end of the investigation period are developed and connected with the economic background. This is related to the question, in how far religious affiliation influenced population behavior (birth rates, marriages, mortal rates) and the migration behavior. The local Duisburg results are also placed in a wider context to bridge the gap between the micro and macro historical perspective. The entire data base of this study is archived in form of DBASE- files structured by topics. In Histat you only find small parts of the entire data set (only time series). Data tables in Histat: 01. Duisburg´s population in the 18th and the early 19th (1714-1815) 02. Births in five year averages (1713-1814) 03. Model of Duisburg´s population development (1714-1812) 04. Vital statistics on Duisburg´s three confessional groups and the total population (1713-1814) 05. Duisburg´s prices for wheat, rye, barley and buckwheat in Reichstaler, silver pennies (Silbergroschen) and pennies (Pfennige) per Berlin bushels (Berliner Scheffel) (1692-1782)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1713 / 1814
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
    City of Duisburg
Collection Mode
  • Church sources (church register, registers for baptism, marriage and death and consistorial documents); government and municipal documents (censuses, fiscal surveys, record of new citizens, tobacco tax register, fire insurance)
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8162 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Jägers, Regina: Duisburg im 18. Jahrhundert. Eine niederrheinischen Kleinstadt im Ancien Régime, Böhlau Verlag, Köln-Weimar-Wien 2001.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23