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Size Of Household In A Japanese County Throughout The Tokugawa Era

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Fortunately the myth that the evolution of the small family was a product of industrialisation does not exist in Japan. The most common explanation given today is that small families or households consisting of one married couple and several children became common throughout the nation between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, and took the place of the larger households of earlier periods. There has been little research until recently on the decline in size of households during the pre-industrial stage of Japanese history. This chapter examines the structure and size of households in pre-industrial Japan. It then presents the results of historical demographic research which is being carried out by the study group at Keio University on the demographic history of changes in household size during the Tokugawa era. It also presents material which can be used in international cross comparison with the results presented by Peter Laslett for England.

Keywords: demographic research; household size; Peter Laslett; pre-industrial Japan; Tokugawa era



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