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Height of French Soldiers, 1716-1784 (ICPSR 4363)

Principal Investigator(s): Komlos, John, University of Munich. Department of Economics


This data collection was designed to ascertain the physical stature of French soldiers before the French Revolution of 1789. The data supply information on the soldier's regiment, battalion, archival source of data (register or signature), father's profession, soldier's profession prior to enlistment, town and province of soldier's birth, age, and height.

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Study Description


Komlos, John. HEIGHT OF FRENCH SOLDIERS, 1716-1784. ICPSR04363-v1. Munich, Germany: John Komlos, University of Munich, Department of Economics [producer], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-07-25. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04363.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04363.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    body height, military personnel, physical appearance, physical characteristics

Geographic Coverage:    France, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1716--1784

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    French soldiers on active duty during the time period of 1716 to 1784.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data


Sample:    inap.

Data Source:

Château de Vincennes, Paris, France. Le Service Historique de l'Armée de Terre, Contrôles des Troupes. Infanterie (French Military Archive)


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-07-25

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