Health, height and history : an overview of recent developments in anthropometric history

Harris, Bernard (1994) Health, height and history : an overview of recent developments in anthropometric history. Social History of Medicine, 7 (2). pp. 297-320. ISSN 0951-631X

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Abstract

This paper examines some of the major developments in the field of anthropometric history since the end of the 1970s. The first two sections of the paper consider the conceptual basis of anthropometric history and the relationship between height and the standard of living. Sections 3-7 discuss the contributions made by anthropometric historians to our understanding of the social and economic history of the United States, the history of American slavery, the social history of the United Kingdom, the origins of Habsburg industrialization, and the standard of living in nineteenth-century Sweden. The concluding section summarizes the impact of anthropometric history and identifies a number of areas for further research.