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Morts pour la France: do demographic factors alone explain the regional disparities of the great war?


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  • Henri Gilles

    (Chercheur Indépendant - Aucune)

  • Jean-Pascal Guironnet

    (CREM - Centre de Recherche en Economie et Management - CNRS : UMR6211 - Université de Rennes 1 - Université de Caen Basse-Normandie)

  • Antoine Parent

    (LET - Laboratoire d'économie des transports - CNRS : UMR5593 - École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État [ENTPE] - Université Lumière - Lyon II, IEP Lyon - Sciences Po Lyon - Institut d'études politiques de Lyon - Institut d'Études Politiques [IEP] - Lyon - PRES Université de Lyon - Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques [FNSP])


This article delivers the first comprehensive analysis of the new database, 'Mémoire des hommes', which gathers more than 1 Million French soldiers officially recognized as dead for France during WW1. Crossing this source with the 1911 census, we evaluate the potential numbers of recruits by French regional department. From this, a model identifies the factors affecting the number of dead. While demographic factors are the principal determinants, adding economic, political and locally significant factors reduces the unexplained variance between regions and significantly improves the explanation of the disparity in the number of dead by region.

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Paper provided by HAL in its series Working Papers with number halshs-00860571.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:halshs-00860571

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Keywords: War ; Demography ; Count Models ; Cliometrics;

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