States and Statistics in the Nineteenth Century: Europe by Numbers

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In this fascinating study, Nico Randeraad vividly describes the turbulent history of statistics in nineteenth century Europe. The book deals not only with developments in the large states of Western Europe, but gives equal attention to small states (Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary) and to the declining Habsburg Empire and Tsarist Russia. Then, unlike today, statistics constituted a comprehensive science, which stemmed from the idea that society, just like nature, was governed by laws. In order to discover these laws, ...

States and Statistics in the Nineteenth Century: Europe by Numbers 2010, Manchester University Press

ISBN-13: 9780719081422

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