Population Forecasting 1895–1945

The Transition to Modernity

  • Henk A. De Gans

Part of the European Studies of Population book series (ESPO, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Henk A. De Gans
    Pages 1-22
  3. Henk A. De Gans
    Pages 23-39
  4. Henk A. De Gans
    Pages 127-156
  5. Henk A. De Gans
    Pages 219-238
  6. Henk A. De Gans
    Pages 239-260
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-291

About this book


Authors, scholars and scientists whose mother tongue is not one of the major languages of international communication are seriously disadvantaged. Some individuals, such as Joseph Conrad or Vladimir Nabokov, have overcome that handicap brilliantly. Others learn to live with it: they can express themselves sufficiently lucidly in a second language to make their voice heard internation­ ally. At least when they have something original or striking to say they will be certain to reach their peers. Most scientists and scholars fall into that category. Others, again, have to wait until their work has been translated before its value is recognised. This may apply even to those whose mother tongue is widely read. The writings of Frenchmen Lyotard, Derrida, Baudrillard or Foucault on post-modernism, on language, discourse and power, for example, had tremendous world-wide impact only after English translations appeared on the market. De Gans' study of the development of population forecasting in The Nether­ lands is another striking illustration of the effects a language barrier may have. He demonstrates convincingly that although a -possibly some what awkward­ Dutchman named Wiebols, was a pioneer of modern cohort component demo­ graphic forecasting, he never received international recognition for this. In his thesis of 1925 Wiebols employed the newest instruments of demographic analysis in improving forecasting methodology.


Census Censuses Demographic transition Demography Innovation Methodologie demographic rates population statistics transition

Authors and affiliations

  • Henk A. De Gans
    • 1
  1. 1.Amsterdam Study Centre for the Metropolitan EnvironmentUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6003-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4766-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1381-3579
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