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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter examines the major contours of family and household patterns in early modern European history. Drawing on research in historical family demography, together with the various ways in which the notion of ‘family systems’ have been conceptualized within this discipline, it presents an overview from the perspectives of leaving home, life-cycle service, marriage and household formation, domestic group structure, and individual living arrangements. By blending history and historiography, the chapter surveys the present state of the subject, illustrates crucial developments over the last four decades, and suggests areas where considerably more research is needed before a more complete picture of early modern European family and household patterns can be achieved.

Keywords: Household structure, life cycle, living arrangements, family systems, historical family demography

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