Volume 42 - Article 26 | Pages 741–762

Computations of French lifetables by department, 1901–2014

By Florian Bonnet

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Date received:09 Jan 2019
Date published:28 Apr 2020
Word count:7849
Keywords:deportees, French departments, historical demography, mortality during World Wars, subnational lifetables
Additional files:42-26 additional material (pdf file, 2 MB)


Background: Debates concerning the French territorial divide are deep in France. However, few historical data on French demography at the local level for the 20th century are available for the study of these territorial disputes.

Objective: The main objective is to present a new demographic database built at the departmental level for the 20th century, as well as the methods used to build this database.

Methods: The database was constructed by digitizing a large part of the raw data available in the French archives and by using new statistical sources for military deaths and deportees during the two world wars. The methods used are both the methodological protocol of the Human Mortality Database and a set of methods that take into account the specificities of the French departments.

Contribution: With this database, the French departmental lifetables by sex and year, including military deaths and deaths in deportation, will be available, as well as the departmental populations by age, sex, and year between 1901 and 2014.

Author's Affiliation

Florian Bonnet - École Normale Supérieure Paris Saclay, France [Email]

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