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An Essay on the Principle of Population and Other Writings

Thomas Malthus Robert Mayhew

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01 September 2015
Prose: non-fiction; Population & demography
'The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man' Thomas Malthus's provocative and prescient 1798 work on the dangers of population growth attracted support and violent criticism in equal measure, and has been praised, misinterpreted and remade ever since. Malthus argued, with clarity and logic, that the rate of population growth will always outstrip food production, and that social betterment comes from population control - a perennially relevant argument amid today's concerns over global resources. This new edition of the Essay also includes other writings and diary extracts that show Malthus's intellectual development after his landmark treatise.

Edited with an Introduction by Robert Mayhew
By:   Thomas Malthus
Edited by:   Robert Mayhew
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   258g
ISBN:   9780141392820
ISBN 10:   0141392827
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 September 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

After graduating from Cambridge, Thomas Malthus settled in Hertfordshire as a lecturer in history and political economy at the East India Company College. Among his many works, An Essay on the Principle of Population was the most sucessful and most outrageous. He boldly opposed popular Enlightenment ideals of the 18th-century. Robert Mayhew is Professor of Historical Geography and Intellectual History at Bristol University. In 2014 he published Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet.

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