Demographic changes

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Professor Michael Anderson, FRSE delivers a talk on, ‘Demographic changes – how island populations have changed’ at the ‘Islands – past’ conference.

During this first installment of our tri-part ‘Islands – past, present and future’ series, we are looking backwards to explore the exciting and complex past of the Scottish Islands. We revisited the places and people whose stories have contributed to our conceptualisation of and relationship with the Isle of Skye and Scotland’s islands more widely.

Professor Michael Anderson is Emeritus Professor of Economic History at the University of Edinburgh. His teaching, research and publication have ranged across the social, economic and demographic histories of families, households and their societies, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Within a broad Western European context, he has particularly focused on the diversity of people’s behaviour in different parts of Scotland, much of this summarised in his 2018 book Scotland’s Populations from the 1850s to Today. Recently he has been using his long experience with census enumerators” books to explore the changing demographic structure of ‘crofters’ from 1851 to 1881.


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