The Reverend Thomas Malthus's blunt identification of this dilemma has guaranteed his fame, even if his full position has often been misunderstood. This volume, therefore, provides both the full text of Malthus's original work of 1798, and A Summary View, addressed in part to "those who have not had leisure to read the whole work". Malthus's basic thesis is that there is a disparity between the potential rate of growth of populatoin and the potential rate of growth of means of subsistence. But Malthus is not primarily a prophet of doom: he goes on to explore the question of why population does not always outstrip the supply of food, and to examine possible checks on population growth.
The provocative historical work on social economy, demography, and population control.
Malthus' life's work on human population and its dependency on food production and the environment was highly controversial on publication in 1798. He predicted what is known as the Malthusian catastrophe, in which humans would disregard the limits of natural resources and the world would be plagued by famine and disease. He significantly influenced the thinking of Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and his theories continue to raise important questions today in the fields of social theory, economics and the environment.
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THOMAS MALTHUS gratuated from Cambridge and 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.
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