History’s most surprising statistics

Think that numbers should be left to accountants? Then think again. The humble statistic can give lovers of history valuable, fascinating and preconception-busting insights into the huge changes that have swept through the world over the centuries. With this in mind, we've asked eight historians to share some surprising statistics from their fields of expertise – from the Roman empire to the Second World Wa

1,138: The number of London children recorded as dying of “teeth” in 1685. (Illustration: James Albon for BBC History Magazine)

This article was first published in the February 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

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