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Séminaire de l’IAO : Ulbe Bosma

Seminaire de l'IAO Ulbe BosmaMercredi 6 avril 2016, Salle de réunion de l’IAO (R66), de 14h à 15h30

"Smallpox and diverging demographical trends in Southeast Asia"

Ulbe Bosma, Senior Researcher IISH, Professor of International and Comparative Social History VU University Amsterdam

Résumé : Nineteenth century demographic growth of Southeast Asia varied considerably within a space that was rather homogeneous in terms of per capita income. The northern Philippines and Java knew for example very high growth figures, while most of the Malay peninsula and the Outer Islands of Indonesia only experienced marginal demographic growth or even stagnation. A crucial, and probably undervalued, factor was the uneven dissemination of inoculation and vaccination techniques in the struggle against smallpox. How did these vaccination regimes vary and what can we say about their impact on demographic growth ?