Introduction to part I

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Department of Social Sciences


The study of population distribution, dynamics of population growth, socio-economic characteristics, and migration have been a long preoccupation of scholars. Traditionally, the study of population fell within two disciplines, with the field of population geography most interested in the spatial distribution and variations of populations (migration, mobility, settlement) while its cognate discipline of demography has focused on the population dynamics of mortality, fertility, and marriage. In recent decades, we see the boundaries between these disciplines blurred, with scholars from anthropology, economics, biology, psychology, and especially history.

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© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Ian Gregory, Don DeBats and Don Lafreniere. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315099781

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The Routledge Companion to Spatial History