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Towards a Better Understanding of Past Fertility Regimes: The Ideas and Practice of Controlling Family Size in Chinese History

Zhao, Zhongwei


Thanks to the progress that has been made in the study of population history, it has been gradually accepted that fertility in historical China was only moderate in comparison with the recorded high fertility. However, scholars still disagree on whether the Chinese could have intentionally controlled their family size. This article first summarizes recent findings about fertility patterns in historical China. Then the author provides further evidence of people limiting their family size in the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Continuity and Change
DOI: 10.1017/S0268416006005777


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