The Malthusian Controversy

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This book, first published in 1951, focuses on the hitherto ignored contemporary critics of Malthus, giving them the attention they so rightly deserve.

Dr Smith traces the Malthusian controversy step by step, from 1798, the date of the First Essay, to the death of Malthus in 1834. Investigating the precursors of Malthus and the genesis of the Malthusian Theory of Population, the book subjects the theory to a searching analysis in the light of not only contemporary criticism, but also subsequent developments and modern ideas. In addition, the book examines the application of the theory to the doctrine of perfectibility, to wages, to the poor laws, to emigration, and to the birth control movement.

Fully annotated and written in an easy style, this work is indispensable to serious students of both population problems and the development of economic thought. Broad in scope, The Malthusian Controversy presents a new perspective on the most urgent of modern issues, the problem of world population.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415378055
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Economic History (Routledge) Ser.
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note

BOOK 1: INTRODUCTORY

1. The origins of theory

2. The theory is launched

BOOK 2: THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONTROVERSY

1. The earlier critics, 1803-1815

2. Post-war critics - Gray, Weyland, Grahame and Ensor

3. Cobbett, Godwin and Booth

4. Ravenstone, Place, Everett and Thompson - 1821-1824

5. Malthus: a summary view

6. Nassau Williams Senior

7. Michael Thomas Sadler

8. Thomas Rowe Edmonds and W.F. Lloyd

BOOK 3: CRITICAL ANALYSIS

1. The growth of population

2. The growth of subsistence

3. The ratios

4. The checks

5. The illustrations and proofs

BOOK 4: THE APPLICATION OF THE THEORY

1. Application to perfectibility

2. Application to wages

3. Application to the Poor Laws

4. Application to emigration

5. Birth control

Conclusion

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