The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Rereading the Principle of Population (Paperback)
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The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Rereading the Principle of Population (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 20/10/2017
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The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus is a sweeping global and intellectual history that radically recasts our understanding of Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population, the most famous book on population ever written or ever likely to be. Malthus's Essay is also persistently misunderstood. First published anonymously in 1798, the Essay systematically argues that population growth tends to outpace its means of subsistence unless kept in check by factors such as disease, famine, or war, or else by lowering the birth rate through such means as sexual abstinence. Challenging the widely held notion that Malthus's Essay was a product of the British and European context in which it was written, Alison Bashford and Joyce Chaplin demonstrate that it was the new world, as well as the old, that fundamentally shaped Malthus's ideas. They explore what the Atlantic and Pacific new worlds--from the Americas and the Caribbean to New Zealand and Tahiti--meant to Malthus, and how he treated them in his Essay. Bashford and Chaplin reveal how Malthus, long vilified as the scourge of the English poor, drew from his principle of population to conclude that the extermination of native populations by European settlers was unjust. Elegantly written and forcefully argued, The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus relocates Malthus's Essay from the British economic and social context that has dominated its reputation to the colonial and global history that inspired its genesis.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691177915
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 235 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In their important and persuasive new book, Bashford and Chaplin argue that, far from being an uncaring figure with tunnel vision, Malthus, properly understood, anticipates some of the most pressing international circumstances of our time... [A] provocative and profound work."--Mark S. Micale, Times Literary Supplement "Penetrating reappraisal of the philosopher's Essay on the Principle of Population."--Barb Kiser, Nature "A towering publication of prime intellect if ever there was one."--David Marx Book Reviews "Overall, an interesting, articulate work that effectively argues for placing Malthus in the context of world history."--Choice

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