Seventieth Anniversary of Population


Olivia Samuel  By the same author

      Anne Solaz  By the same author

      Laurent Toulemon  By the same author


A retrospective of the first issues of Population published in 1946

Population celebrates its seventieth anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, we have chosen to republish four articles from 1946, one in each of our 2016 issues. Each one is accompanied by an introductory commentary that highlights the topicality, or obsolescence, of the research topic covered and, from a twenty-first century perspective, looks at how the issues have evolved over time (see Foreword in 1-2016).

Following on from the article by Alfred Sauvy entitled “Assessment of French immigration needs” (1-1946), with an introduction by François Héran and published in Population 1-2016, this second issue features an article by Paul Vincent on “Population ageing, pensions and immigration” (2-1946), commented by Didier Blanchet.

The next two issues of the journal will present, respectively, an article by a historical demographer, Jean Meuvret, on “Subsistence crises and the demography of France under the Ancien Régime” (4-1946), analysed by Christine Théré and Isabelle Séguy, and an article by Jean Bourgeois on “Marriage, a seasonal custom. Contribution to a sociological study of nuptiality in France” (4-1946) commented by Arnaud Regnier-Loilier and Wilfried Rault.

All Population articles since 1946 are available in electronic format via the Population website ( which links to the Cairn and Persée portals (for the oldest issues), and to Jstor (

Autres articles du dossier Seventieth Anniversary of Population