The International Bibliography of Historical Demography in a few words


Etienne Hélin (Université de Liège, Belgique)

First issue




Published by

  • S.D.H. (Société de Démographie Historique)
  • U.I.E.S.P. (Union Internationale pour l'Etude Scientifique des Populations)
  • C.I.S.H. (Comité International des Sciences Historiques)


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The International Bibliography of Historical Demography (IBHD) was founded in 1977 by Professor Etienne Hélin. From the outset, the project has been funded by the French Société de Démographie Historique (S.D.H.), the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (I.U.S.S.P.), and the International Committee of Historical Sciences (I.C.H.S.).

At that time, significant developments were occurring outside the pioneer countries, which resulted in an important increase in annual publications. For this reason, one of the primary objectives of the IBDH was to offer researchers a tool that would remain up to date. The natural choice was to follow the model of a current bibliography.

An international approach has been used to promote the enrichment derived from different focuses, methods, and points of view, and to avoid the compartmentalization of any discipline. A team of correspondents, who are mostly historical demographers, is spread across the four corners of the planet, and each one is charged with "covering" a geographic region. Their task consists of selecting and describing the publications (books, book chapters, articles) that will appear in the IBDH.

The IBDH is not a comprehensive resource for at least two reasons. Attaining completeness is practically impossible. Furthermore, comprehensiveness supposes the inclusion of numerous notices concerning publications which, without wishing to diminish their value, have a strictly local character.

Until 1996, the IBDH was distributed exclusively in the form of an annual review. The four indexes planned from its inception (authors, subjects, geography, chronology) were effective and convenient for users.

The progress of information technology, specifically computerized documentation, offered new possibilities for the IBDH. In 1989 a data base to receive all of the published notices was created using CDS-ISIS bibliography software. By 1991 the data base contained all of the notices published between 1978 and 1990. Since then, the data base has been expanding regularly. More than 13,000 notices are currently included.

The digital version of the database has only been disseminated in a modest way. A CD_ROM issued in 1996 was not widely distributed. Access to the database via the Internet should radically change this situation.

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Co-editors of the IBHD

Société de Démographie Historique

Centre Roland Mousnier
Université de Paris-Sorbonne
1, rue Victor Cousin
F-75230 PARIS cedex 05

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S.I.De.S. (Società Italiana di Demografia Storica)

Istituto Economico Aziendale
Via Rolando, 1

Contact : Lucia Pozzi

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A.D.E.H. (Asociacion de Demografia Historica)

Facultad de CC. Políticas
y Sociología
Campus de Somosaguas s/n
E-28223 Madrid (España)

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Tel. : + 913942666

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