Seventieth Anniversary of Population

Subsistence Crises and the Demography of France under the Ancien Régime

Jean Meuvret  By the same author


The major subsistence crises, such as those of 1693 or 1709, were characterized by an exceptional increase in grain prices, coinciding with a no less exceptional upsurge in deaths and a decline in conceptions. But these phenomena cannot be clearly detected unless the counts are made by crop year, and not by calendar year. While crises of this type disappeared in the first half of the eighteenth (…)