Bram van Besouw (UU): Death at a Distance? Warfare and civilian mortality in theseventeenth-century Low Countries

Using newly collected data from burial records and war events in the seventeenth-century Low Countries, we test the intuitive links between warfare and civilian mortality. We show that war episodes were spatially linked to raised mortality but the effects were limited. Although recent literature has linked warfare, rural-urban migration, and high urban mortality through epidemic disease, we show that warfare raised mortality within rural localities at least as much as in urban ones. Early modern urban mortality patterns may still be linked to favorable economic outcomes, but it had little to do with warfare per se.

Organised by Environmental Economics and Natural Resources

Tue 12 March 2019 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, building number 201
Room C82