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New Perspectives on Malthus

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Robert J. Mayhew, Ted McCormick, Gregory Claeys, Niall O'Flaherty, Alison Bashford, Joyce E. Chaplin, Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Ella Dzelzainis, Piers J. Hale, David Nally, Derek S. Hoff, Thomas Robertson, Karen O'Brien
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107434691

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  • Thomas Robert Malthus (1766–1834) was a pioneer in demography, economics and social science more generally whose ideas prompted a new 'Malthusian' way of thinking about population and the poor. On the occasion of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his birth, New Perspectives on Malthus offers an up-to-date collection of interdisciplinary essays from leading Malthus experts who reassess his work. Part one looks at Malthus's achievements in historical context, addressing not only perennial questions such as his attitude to the Poor Laws, but also new topics including his response to environmental themes and his use of information about the New World. Part two then looks at the complex reception of his ideas by writers, scientists, politicians and philanthropists from the period of his own lifetime to the present day, from Charles Darwin and H. G. Wells to David Attenborough, Al Gore and Amartya Sen.

    • Brings together wide-ranging, interdisciplinary essays by leading Malthus experts
    • Addresses both Malthus's ideas in context and the debates they have generated ever since
    • Allows readers to access cutting-edge new scholarship on Malthus in a single volume
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The volume effectively documents the enduring significance of Malthus’s principle of population.' Dennis Hodgson, Population and Development Review

    'The volume of essays that comprise New Perspectives on Malthus, edited by one of the world's foremost scholars of Malthus's life and work, collectively portray the vibrant and volatile debates out of which Malthus's thinking emerged and that only intensified in its wake, continuing through the nineteenth century and on into the twenty-first. More than a volume dedicated solely to the work of a particular political economist, this collection speaks to anyone interested in the history of environmentalism, capitalism, and international population debates.' Molly Farrell, Journal of Historical Geography

    'With its many voices and many views New Perspectives on Malthus presents a clear, often brilliant light on an extensive range of Malthusian/anti-Malthusian interpretations and implications … [T]his remarkable collection of essays, each tracking distinct yet related lines of inquiry from two hundred years ago to the present, serves as a reminder that the past is never past, that ideas seldom do have boundaries.' The Wordsworth Circle

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107434691
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction: 'Alps on Alps arise': revisiting Malthus Robert J. Mayhew
    Part I. Malthus in Historical Context:
    1. Who were the pre-Malthusians? Ted McCormick
    2. Malthus and Godwin: rights, utility and productivity Gregory Claeys
    3. Malthus and the 'end of poverty' Niall O'Flaherty
    4. Malthus and the New World Alison Bashford and Joyce E. Chaplin
    5. Island, nation, planet: Malthus in the Enlightenment Fredrik Albritton Jonsson
    Part II. The Reception of Malthus:
    6. Malthus, women and fiction Ella Dzelzainis
    7. The anti-Malthusian tradition in the Victorian evolution debates Piers J. Hale
    8. Imagine all the people: fear, philanthropy and the 'peasant problem' in Asia David Nally
    9. The publication bomb: the birth of modern environmentalism and the editing of Malthus's Essay Robert J. Mayhew
    10. Malthus today Derek S. Hoff and Thomas Robertson
    Afterword Karen O'Brien

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    Robert J. Mayhew, University of Bristol


    Robert J. Mayhew, Ted McCormick, Gregory Claeys, Niall O'Flaherty, Alison Bashford, Joyce E. Chaplin, Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Ella Dzelzainis, Piers J. Hale, David Nally, Derek S. Hoff, Thomas Robertson, Karen O'Brien

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