Historical Demography in Portugal, 1950-2012: An Account of the Historiography and Major Challenges

Paulo Teodoro de Matos, Maria Norberta Amorim

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This paper aims to present a coherent synthesis of the development of Historical demography in Portugal during the last 50 years. We will examine the first steps of this discipline in Portugal and identify its major influences in the academic panorama. In a second stage this paper will considerate the spread and consolidation of the Historical Demography regarding:1) the new tendencies and the support of social history studies, 2) methodological developments related to the specificities of the Portuguese sources, 3) the principal research lines, protagonists and tendencies of Historical Demography.
The empirical data of this paper comes from an exhaustive analysis of the bibliography related to Historical Demography and Family History studies, institutional framework (e.g. course pro- grams, organization of seminars, associations, research centers) and interviews with some of the major players in this research area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Global History of Historical Demography
Subtitle of host publicationHalf a century of Interdisciplinarity
EditorsAntoinette Fauve-Chamoux, Ioan Bolovan, Solvi Sogner
Place of PublicationBern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien
PublisherPeter Lang
Pages533 – 548
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783034323031
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Historical demography
  • Portugal


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