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sid guttridge wrote:Hi Dackel Staffel,
France's long term weak population growth has always mystified me.
In Louis XIV's time there were four times as many Frenchmen as Englishmen. In Napoleon's time it was three to one. By WWI the two populations were almost the same, despite much more massive British emigration to the colonies. I think the French population approximately doubled between 1815 and 1914, whereas England's went up by about five times.
Why was French population growth so slow compared to its neighbours? It cannot simply be due to wars as even during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars there was no fall in population.
sid guttridge wrote:Hi Das Reich,
What is the evidence for your proposition in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries when France's relative population decline took place?
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