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Open Access Infant Mortality in England, 1538-2000: Stability and the Beginnings of Change, 1837-1910

This article is Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND licence.

This paper, the third of four, discusses infant mortality during the Victorian and Edwardian periods, 1837-1910. It mainly uses sources generated by the civil registration of vital events, which was established in 1837, to identify trends and patterns, and more importantly, it discusses the beginnings of the secular decline in infant mortality that occurred during this period. The paper also includes examples of how research into this important topic can be carried out and it ends with suggestions for future research.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2021

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