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Social inequality in the 19th and 20th centuries: some introductory remarks

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Abstract Why should social inequality be the topic of a session of a history congress rather than of a meeting of sociologists and, hence, a section of this book by historians rather than by sociologists? Why should one raise the issue of social inequality in a period of deep worldwide economic crisis in which the general public is interested in other themes and in which social inequality is often considered as a preoccupation of the past economic boom ? Why should social inequality be treated in a series of papers on quantitative history after having become so much a preoccupation of intellectual history and of ideological debates? I shall briefly answer these important and unavoidable questions, then cover the definition as well as some ideas on the long-term change of social inequality and finally say something about the three cases which are dealt with in the following papers, i. e. Sweden, Poland, and the U.S.
Keywords social inequality; nineteenth century; twentieth century; social history; science of history; comparative research; industrialization; research topic
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research
Collection Title Quantitative history of society and economy: some international studies
Editor Jarausch, Konrad H.; Schröder, Wilhelm H.
Document language English
Publication Year 1987
Publisher Scripta Mercaturae Verl.
City St. Katharinen
Page/Pages p. 49-57
Series Historisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungen : quantitative sozialwissenschaftliche Analysen von historischen und prozeß-produzierten Daten, 21
ISBN 3-922661-40-8
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications