Demographic Avant-Garde: Jews in Bohemia between the Enlightenment and the Shoah

October 22, 2013

CEU Press' latest book, by Jana Vobecka, studies the unique demographic behavior of Jews in Bohemia, starting from a moment in history when industrialization in Central Europe was far away in the future and when Jews were still living legally restricted lives in ghettos. Under conditions not stipulated by conventional demographic theories, Bohemian Jews started recording marked decreases in mortality and fertility that signaled an early onset of their demographic transition. Vobecka is a researcher at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences.
The author will give a lecture Oct. 22 at 6 p.m., followed by the book presentation by Professor Viktor Karady at 7 p.m. in the Gellner Room. For more information, see