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The University of Southampton

Height, health and living standards in the eighteenth century Seminar

17:00 - 19:00
5 February 2013
Room 3057, Building 65a Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Sandy White at .

Event details

Part of the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies Research Seminar series

Professor Harris's recent publications include The changing body: health, nutrition and human development in the western world since 1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Gender and well-being in Europe: historical and contemporary perspectives (Ashgate, 2009).

This informal presentation starts by reviewing some of the early evidence on changes in real wages during the eighteenth century, before showing how this evidence was challenged by new information on trends in height and mortality.  The middle sections of the presentation will focus on the long-running debate between Roderick Floud and his co-authors, on one side, and John Komlos, on the other, regarding the direction of changes in height during this period.  Professor Harris will then show how new information about wage rates and food availability has reinforced the more ‘optimistic' case before reviewing the most recent publications in this area.

Speaker information

Professor Bernard Harris,Head of the Division of Sociology and Social Policy, Professor of the History of Social Policy

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