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.
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About the Author
Robert J. Mayhew is Professor of Historical Geography and Intellectual History in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. He is the author of highly acclaimed Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet (2014) and of a new edition of Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population and other Selected Writings for Penguin Classics (2015). He was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his contributions to historical geography. He has also held awards from the British Academy and the ESRC and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Table of Contents
List of contributors; Acknowledgements; 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; Bibliography; Index.