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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

 

Especially in Europe we can investigate this relationship by the help of 

statistics which in some cases extend back for nearly a century. We can 

trace the various phases through which each nation passes, the effects 

of prosperity, the influence of education and sanitary improvement, the 

general complex development of civilization, in each case moving 

forward, though not regularly and steadily, to higher stages by means of 

a falling birth-rate, which is to some extent compensated by a falling 

death-rate, the two rates nearly always running parallel, so that a 

temporary rise in the birth-rate is usually accompanied by a rise in the 

death-rate, by a return, that is to say, towards the conditions which we 

find at the beginning of animal life, and a steady fall in the 

birth-rate is always accompanied by a fall in the death-rate. 

 

It is thus clear that the birth-rate combined with the death-rate 

constitutes a delicate instrument for the measurement of civilization, 

and that the record of their combined curves registers the upward or 

downward course of every nation. The curves, as we know, tend to be 

parallel, and when they are not parallel we are in the presence of a 

rare and abnormal state of things which is usually temporary or 

transitional. 

 

A study of the statistics of European countries furnishes us with 

evidence of the facts above stated. It is instructive to perceive how 

closely the birth-rate and the death-rate of the several European 

countries agree. It is perceived that THE EIGHT COUNTRIES OF EUROPE 

WHICH REGISTER THE HIGHEST BIRTH-RATE ARE THE IDENTICAL COUNTRIES 

REGISTERING THE HIGHEST DEATH-RATE. This is as might be expected, for a 

very high birth-rate seems fatally to involve a very high death-rate. 

The study of the following table may prove interesting--it certainly is 

instructive. In the following table the European countries having the 

highest birth-rate are stated in the order of rank according to size of 

such rate; and the countries having the heaviest death-rate are stated 

in the order of their rank in size of such rate: 

 

Highest European Birth-Rate. Highest European Death-Rate. 

 

Russia. Russia. 

Roumania. Roumania. 

Bulgaria. Hungary. 

Serbia. Bulgaria. 

Hungary. Spain. 

Italy. Serbia. 

Austria. Austria. 

Spain. Italy. 


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