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Birth rates


JMB1943

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Are there statistics that show the effect (or otherwise) of WW1 on the birth rates of the combatant nations, during and post-WW1?

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JMB

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For Britain yes. J M Winter in his very excellent The Great War and the British People. The short version is that health, birth rates and mortality rates all improved. In some ways the Great War brought about huge changes and improvement in certain aspects of British social structure. MG

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Martin,

Thank you for the reference. It seems that demographers are thin on the ground on the GWF !

Regards,

JMB

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Those of us who were born in the decade after 1945 are called baby boomers ( or does the time extend to the early sixties?)

I suppose that my Dad was also a baby boomer post Great War.

There must surely be a correlation between mass killing and enhanced birth rates.

People in extremis seize the moment .

They get horny.

That's not a flippant remark.

The exponential increase in the power of destruction in the twentieth century was matched by improvements in medicine, social welfare and other attributes of social development.

Phil (PJA)

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