Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, Romanian Academy, Bucharest
My thesis (in historical demography) tried to study how and why households were structured in 19th century Moldavia, Wallachia and Bucovina, using micro-analysis applied to samples from population lists. The current project aims to further deepen the analysis and interpretation and to provide a better contextualization of my results in the international scientific landscape.
I plan to focus on an area that proved different regarding to the current paradigm: Moldavia, where my original sample showed complex patterns of household formation and evolution. I want to see what role different families had (or different generations) or family members and how did kin interacted with wealth in shaping the way households were composed. I drew the project around a very detailed source: the 1859 census of Moldavia, for which over 100 registers (of some 40 000 – 50 000 inhabitants) are preserved but the vast majority have never been used and only a few used but not intensively.