Jordan, Thomas E. Books

Dr. Thomas E. Jordan is Emeritus Curators' Professor of Child Development from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he served as Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Graduate School. He is a recipient of the research prize of the Royal Society of Health for his longitudinal study of delayed mental development in children. Dr. Jordan is the author of several books on Ireland, including a three-volume series on the censuses of Ireland, 1821-1911.

Census of Ireland 1821-1911 General Reports and Extracts: Volume 1
1998 0-7734-8453-1
Volume 1: Introduction. A Great Statistical Operation: The Census in Victorian Ireland 1821-1911 Census of Ireland: 1821 (1823) Census of Ireland: 1831 (1833) Census of Ireland: 1841 (1843) Wilde, W. R. Report Upon the Tables of Death (1843) Census of Ireland: 1851 (1853) Volume 2: Introduction. A Great Statistical Operation: The Census in Victorian Ireland 1821-1911 Census of Ireland: 1861 (1864) Census of Ireland: 1871 (1876) Census of Ireland: 1881 (1882) Volume 3: Census of Ireland: 1891 (1892) Census of Ireland: 1901 (1901) Census of Ireland: 1911 (1913)

Census of Ireland 1821-1911 General Reports and Extracts: Volume 2
1998 0-7734-8455-8


Census of Ireland 1821-1911 General Reports and Extracts: Volume 3
1998 0-7734-8300-4
Volume 1: Introduction. A Great Statistical Operation: The Census in Victorian Ireland 1821-1911 Census of Ireland: 1821 (1823) Census of Ireland: 1831 (1833) Census of Ireland: 1841 (1843) Wilde, W. R. Report Upon the Tables of Death (1843) Census of Ireland: 1851 (1853) Volume 2: Introduction. A Great Statistical Operation: The Census in Victorian Ireland 1821-1911 Census of Ireland: 1861 (1864) Census of Ireland: 1871 (1876) Census of Ireland: 1881 (1882) Volume 3: Census of Ireland: 1891 (1892) Census of Ireland: 1901 (1901) Census of Ireland: 1911 (1913)

First Decade of Life Volume 1. Birth to Age Five: Development in the Preschool Years
1997 0-7734-8702-6
The two volumes of this publication attempt to explain by multivariate analysis how selected factors influence the course of growth in an expanding set of behavioral domains. The explanatory power of the variables in four models varies considerably; some areas of child growth emerge as powerfully influenced by mutable circumstance, while others remain enigmatic. The research program described here has been paralleled in recent decades by others as prospective longitudinal study has returned to fashion.

A reprint, with a new introduction, of the author's Development in the Preschool Years with a new Foreword. A thorough longitudinal study, this volume describes and analyzes the psychological, social, and educational development of some 1000 children in the St. Louis area. Using biological, social, family, and maternal information, the author examines the physical, motor intellectual, linguistic, and social development. Sample includes black and white children, both inner-city and suburban, ranging in background from poor to wealthy. Originally published in 1980.

From the base reported in Volume I, the data of this work extend the sequence of events in several domains to age ten years. The predictors series consists of four arrays of variables from the early phases of child development. The earliest predictors were identified in the delivery room, and others were added in the preschool years. Here, the same children are studied from age five to ten, and the set of variables arrayed as potential influences in the same four models continues from the preschool period, with a few modifications.

Gerard Boate's Natural History of Ireland
2006 0-7734-5919-7
This is an original edition of Gerard Boate’s Natural History of Ireland. Dedicated to Oliver Cromwell, it was written after the 1641 uprising in Ireland in which investors were to be paid in Irish lands. Boate’s work contained detailed information about Ireland that he received from his older brother, Arnold, and English planters. It was hoped that the book would attract settlers to Ireland.

This work will appeal to scholars in Anglo-Irish Studies, Science, History, Philosophy, Geography, Natural History, and the 17th Century.

Imaginative Empiricist - Thomas Aiskew Larcom (1801-1879) and Victorian Ireland
2002 0-7734-7068-9


Ireland and the Quality of Life, 1841-1861: the Famine Era
1997 0-7734-8677-1
This work addresses the role of stress in the lives of people and the quality of life which stress induced as people tried to cope with the Irish famine. From the 1841 census, the author has constructed a ten-variable index of the quality of life in each of Ireland's thirty-two counties and four provinces. The index is repeated for 1861. The original data are developed from census sources and so may be construed as longitudinal in nature and archival in source. In addition, commentaries of the time are drawn on, so the empirical-statistical perspective is supplemented by narrative accounts. Includes illustrations from the original pages of The Illustrated London News, the Pictorial Times, and the humor magazine Punch.

Quality of Life and Modernization in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
2006 0-7734-5921-9
In this work, the uncertainties of social change across the nineteenth century are evident. Changes occurred in the natural order with the rhythm of the seasons and with the calamitous failure of the potato crop in 1845. Change in the realm of ideas began with Daniel O’Connell’s campaign for the emancipation of the majority Catholic population. After 1829, his efforts to repeal the Act of Union evolved into the Home Rule Campaign which continued into the twentieth century.

In the social domain, especially after 1850, there were important changes in the size of the population as clearance and emigration reduced the population. The quality of housing improved, literacy rose, and the proportion of monolingual Irish speakers declined.

The author’s quality of life index, based on census data, demonstrates the processes of social change. The quality of life index, calculated for each of Ireland’s thirty-two counties, is applied to examine the physical condition of a sample of young men.

With the matrix of life across the nineteenth century, the work presents a picture of Irish people exploring Ireland. Examples are the censuses at intervals of a decade, the Ordnance Survey, the Templemore Memoir, and the development of railways. Mechanisms of change include the famine, land clearance, emigration, and education.

Quality of Life in Seventeenth- Century Ireland
2008 0-7734-4744-X
This book examines both qualitatively and quantitatively social conditions mortality in Dublin in the middle and later decades of the seventeenth century.

Recounting the Life of Sir William Petty (1623-1687) Through a Fictionalized Correspondence. An Experiment in Historical Imagination
2016 1-4955-0511-1
An extraordinary work of both fact and fiction comprising correspondence to family and friends in the 17th century by Sir William Petty representing a true biography of his life and a reflection of the historical circumstances of his time.

Sir William Petty's Memoir (1623-1687): An English Physician, Scientist, and Cartographer
2012 0-7734-4056-9
The author wrote a faux memoir based on letters from William Petty that takes place six months before his death. A man of science and mathematics, this book is important precisely because it details his life experiences and family upbringing, his parenting style, along with how he accomplished everything. It takes a storytelling approach and reads like a novel. The main thesis of the book is that Petty developed the notion of salubrity, or quality of life, which he describes at length in these pages.

Sir William Petty, 1623 - 1687
2007 0-7734-5368-7
This study portrays the life and times of Sir William Petty (1623-1687), a seventeenth-century physician who was intimately involved in the English colonial project. Born into a family of modest means in the county of Hampshire, Petty, after training in medicine on the continent, received his degree at Oxford before undertaking various business endeavors in Ireland that would raise him above his humble roots. By virtue of his education, religion, and political connections, Petty was in every sense a member of the elite, mingling with the likes of Christopher Wren, Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, Robert Hooke, John Aubrey, two of the Stuart kings, and other luminaries of his age. In his long life Petty experienced the episodes of intellectual, social and political ferment which made the seventeenth century a fascinating era.

Sir William Petty, 1674- Letters to John Aubrey
2010 0-7734-3845-9
This book gives a fictional-style voice to the entrepreneur William Petty (1623-1687) who provided information about his life ad hoc to John Aubrey. The letters are dated back to 1674, a time when Petty was on good terms with the Stuart brothers and the cognoscenti of the era, such as examples are Isaac Newton, Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren.

Studies in the Quality of Life and Human Development in Ireland and Britain Since the Sixteenth Century
2010 0-7734-1371-5
Traces the historical, medical and sociological progression of society and the individual over the last several centuries.

Victorian Child Savers and Their Culture a Thematic Evaluation
1998 0-7734-8289-X
Analyzes the themes of Victorian society and then scrutinizes the lives of nine reformers in the United States, England, and Ireland.