Law, marriage and illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Germany.

  title={Law, marriage and illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Germany.},
  author={John E. Knodel},
  journal={Population studies},
  volume={20 3},
Abstract Concern arose among legislators in several German States during the first half of the nineteenth century about overpopulation and increasing numbers of the impoverished classes. This led them to pass legislation restricting marriage to those considered by the community authorities as morally and financially capable of rearing a family. Census data at the time of the repeal of these laws indicate the extent to which they succeeded in repressing marriage. Declining illegitimacy which… CONTINUE READING

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