Massimo Livi-Bacci and Ernesto Maeder's analysis of demographic trends in the Jesuit missions of Paraguay (“The Missions of Paraguay: The Demography of an Experiment,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, XXXV [2004], 185–224) is flawed. Though offering important insights, it relies on general findings at the expense of significant regional variations, and it ignores sources, such as tribute censuses, that supply telling details about individual missions.

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