The Early English Censuses, by E.A. Wrigley

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The Early English Censuses, by E.A. Wrigley
The Early English Censuses, by E.A. Wrigley

Published for The British Academy by Oxford University Press in 2011, 322 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (S8295YWSO)

From the front inside fly leaf: The early English censuses (1801-1851) provide a mine of information about England in the early nineteenth century but the totals which they contain need to be treated with care. They contain many arith­metical and printing errors, a significant number of returns are missing, and a unit with the same name in successive censuses might have changed boundaries. Children were under-reported and men in the army, navy, and merchant marine were not in­cluded, which affected the censuses of the Napoleonic war period significantly. More­over, in 1851 the basic units and even the national unit of the census were changed.

The various sources of error, deficiency, and incomparability are described in the book and two series of tables are provided. The first series uses the' old' units of the first five censuses; the second uses the 'new' units created in 1851. For both series male, female and total populations are given for all six censuses at each census date. Each se­ries exists in two versions. The first uses the totals to be found in the census volumes, corrected only for arithmetic and printing errors. The second carries the corrections further to offset the under-recording of infants and young children, the absence of men in the army, navy, and merchant marine, and to overcome the problems posed by the absence of men in militia camps on census night. The largest tables are provided on the accompanying CD.


The condition of the book is generally excellent. The dust jacket has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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