International Historical Statistics

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International Historical Statistics is an impressive and peerless collection of statistical data from around the world, covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. The collection includes data on the Americas and Europe, but also hard-to-find data on Africa, Asia and Oceania. It is a truly interdisciplinary product that will prove a valuable resource to those researching and studying Business, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Politics, Sociology and Statistical Studies.

This new release updates the last print edition of International Historical Statistics, which was published in 2007 in 3 volumes. It now includes 260 years of rich data, collected between 1750-2010 and available online for the first time. Users will find the ability to conduct statistical analysis across both time and geopolitical boundaries particularly valuable. Data tables can be downloaded as ePDFs and/or Excel files.

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Animated Chart of Population Growth in Asia - from International Historical Statistics
An illustration of population growth in Asia from 1850-2000, includes China, India and Japan. Demonstrates a drop in the India population in 1951, which is down to a combination of factors including the population movements as a result of partition (approximately 14.5 million crossed borders during this time), as well as the Indian government actively pursued a decline in the birth rate for economic reasons by improving family planning education.*

* Information from The Statesman's Yearbook

Line Chart of University Student Numbers in Europe

Line Chart of University Student Numbers in Europe
An illustration of how the number of students in Universities in selected European countries since the 1920s. Demonstrates that France saw a dramatic growth in the number of students attending universities, Higher Education was provided free of charge by the state, in 1968 new reforms* divided some old institutions into several new ones, it is possible that this restructuring meant an explosion in the number of HE institutions.

* The Statesman's Yearbook; France, Social Institutions, Education

Coffee Output in South America Bar Graph

Bar Chart of Coffee Output in South America
An illustration of how Cuba's exporting dropped off in 1960, when the US trade embargo* began, allowing Costa Rica to flourish. Perhaps this together with the growth of coffee shops in the 70s and 80s would explain the sharp rise in coffee output.

* The Statesman's Yearbook; Cuba, Key Historical Events