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Remarriage and Marital Fertility in Germany during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: An Exploratory Analysis based on German Village Genealogies

Publication Abstract

Knodel, John E. 1981. "Remarriage and Marital Fertility in Germany during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: An Exploratory Analysis based on German Village Genealogies." In Marriage and Remarriage in Populations of the Past edited by Jacques Dupâquier. London ; New York : Academic Press.

In populations where high rates of death or divorce lead to the frequent dissolution of marriage before the end of the reproductive span, remarried persons have the potential to contribute significantly to the overall level of fertility. Their actual impact will depend on the extent of remarriage as well as on the level of marital fertility experienced by remarried couples. Both these factors may vary considerably across cultures and over time. While the relation between remarriage and fertility is receiving increasing attention in studies of contemporary populations, especially as the divorce rate soars (see for example Thornton, 1978), it has been relatively little scrutinized in historical demography (Henry, 1972, 1003).

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