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Eurasian Population and Family History

The MIT Press Eurasian Population and Family History series advances and affirms the importance of social action and human agency. The grand narratives of classic behavioral theory overestimate the uniformity of human responses to external forces. Books in this series seek to bridge the apparent contradiction between two classes of social theory: one that emphasizes universalism and similarity — cognitive psychology, economics, and social biology — and one that emphasizes contingency and difference: anthropology, cultural studies, history.

Marriage in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900

A study of marriage in preindustrial Europe and Asia that goes beyond the Malthusian East–West dichotomy to find variation within regions and commonality across regions.

Reproduction and Human Agency in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900

A study of human reproduction and social organization in preindustrial communities that reveals important similarities between Europe and Asia.

Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900

A pioneering work in comparative history and social science that compares population behavior in response to adversity in Europe and Asia.