Alexander Kulischer on the demographic future of Russia

Ключевые слова: history of demography, demographic transition, demographic revolution, demographic dynamics, fertility, mortality, population of Russia, Alexander Kulischer


In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Alexander Kulischer published three demographic articles in the most authoritative and widely read newspaper of the Russian post-revolutionary emigration – “Poslednie novosti” [The Latest News] (Paris). These articles were devoted to problems of population dynamics in some countries around the world. They were the first where the general scheme of demographic changes – now known as the concept of a “demographic transition” or “demographic revolution” – was used in predicting the demographic future of Russia. This publication provides these articles, which are now almost inaccessible to contemporary readers. A preface and helpful explanations have been added to the articles. The preface explains Kulischer’s articles in the context of the development of demography of that period and his interest in the demographic future of Russia.


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