Balkan Family Structure And the European Pattern: by Mariia Nikolaeva Todorova

By Mariia Nikolaeva Todorova

An up-to-date, prolonged, and revised model of the out-of-print 1993 variation, this identify reassesses the normal stereotype of where of the Balkans within the version of the eu family members within the 19th century, at the foundation of recent resource fabric and by means of synthesizing latest study.

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However this minimal boundary coincided with the actual marriage only as an exception. It is clear from our data that women, both in towns and in villages, married a few years after puberty (Georgiev 1979, 52). III. Marriage and Nuptiality 41 The comparison of the marriage ages for first marriages in Bulgaria with Western Europe during the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, (England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway) (Gaskin 1978, 48) demonstrates the difference between the two regions’ marriage patterns.

In the framework of this general rule, which was determined by the agrarian character of the Bulgarian economy, there existed certain variations dependent on tradition and religion. For example, among the Orthodox of Northeastern Bulgaria the wedding season lasted from the Mounting of the Holy Cross, 14 September until the beginning of Lent, except for the period between Christmas and Epiphany, when, according to folk beliefs, the water was not yet consecrated (EIM/BAN 649–II, 258). Autumn was the preferred season in Southern and 36 Balkan Family Structure Southwestern Bulgaria.

This was meant to assure the population that the information would be used strictly for statistical purposes. On the other hand, the fate of the late nineteenth century census materials is still unknown. 2 For a discussion of the term and its meanings, see Chapter VI. 3 Sundbärg 1907, 4–5 suggested the following distribution of age-groups for the three population types, progressive: (0–15) 40%, (15–50) 50%, (50+) 10%; stationary: (0–15) 26,5%, (15–50) 50,5%, (50+) 23%; regressive: (0–15) 20%, (15–50) 50%, (50+) 30%.

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