On the basis of Austrian statistics of population dynamics between 1881 and 1913, this paper presents historical-demographic research of tendencies and changes in the birth, marriage and death rates and natural population growth in the wider Ostrava industrial region, including the Jesenik region. The research compares the development of the individual indicators in various administrative districts and statutory cities of north-east Moravia and Austrian Silesia (excluding the Bilsko district), mapping the changes caused by the industrialization or economic retardation of certain areas and highlighting the differences in demographic developments connected with the so-called First Demographic Transition. These developments are compared with the overall situation in the Czech lands, and considerable attention is paid to a community which stood apart (not only socially) from the majority - the Jewish community.
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