Special Issue "The History of Family in Late Modern and Contemporary Europe through the Eyes of Historical Demography"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778). This special issue belongs to the section "Family History".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gavalas Vasilis
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Greece
Interests: historical demography; population projections and back projections; island demography; population dynamics; ethnic minority populations and the labour market
Dr. Pavlos Baltas
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Guest Editor
Institute of Social Research (IKE), National Centre for Social Research (EKKE), 105 51 Athina, Greece
Interests: human geography; fertility; childlessness; spatial demography; big data and demographic analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The Late Modern Era (mid-18th century up to the first decades of the 20th century), characterized by urbanization and social changes and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, was a period of dramatic transformation in the demographic regime of Europe and its overseas split-outs, mainly in North America. After World War II, social and economic changes shaped what is known as the Second Demographic Transition, and these changes during two historical periods (Late Modern and Contemporary) had a profound effect on the family life cycle. The first demographic transition brought about the concept of the nuclear family as we know it today and strengthened the idea of a romantic conjugal union. The second demographic transition, on the other hand, disassociated childbearing from marriage and created new household structures.

Genealogy is an international, scholarly, peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted to the analysis of genealogical narratives (with applications for family, race/ethnic, gender, migration, and science studies). We are pleased to invite you to contribute your research work to the Special Issue of Genealogy on “The History of Family in Late Modern and Contemporary Europe through the Eyes of Historical Demography”.

This Special Issue aims to investigate topics closely related to the family life cycle and its evolution throughout two historical periods: the Late Modern and the Contemporary Era. Topics are associated with issues that go beyond the strict demographic context and pose research questions such as what the social status of women during this period was, the role of education and economic development, and even the association of biological factors with the demographic changes.  

Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) family founding (marriage patterns, cohabitation, and household structures), childbearing and childlessness (both in natural fertility populations and in populations acting under controlled fertility), childrearing practices and death in early age (infant and childhood mortality), dissolution of marriage (divorce or widowhood), and families in later life (household arrangement of the elderly).

We look forward to receiving your contributions. 

Authors submitting to this special issue will not be charged any Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Dr. Gavalas Vasilis
Dr. Pavlos Baltas
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • historical demography
  • household structures
  • marriage patterns
  • fertility
  • out of wedlock childbearing
  • first demographic transition
  • second demographic transition

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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