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An Essay on the Principle of Population 2 Volume Hardback Set
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  • Page extent: 1159 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.458 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 304.6
  • Dewey version: 19
  • LC Classification: HB861 .E7 1989
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Population

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2 Paperback books

 (ISBN-13: 9780521323611 | ISBN-10: 0521323614)

DOI: 10.2277/0521323614

  • Published July 1990

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This book provides a student audience with the best scholarly edition of Malthus' Essay on Population. Written in 1798 as a polite attack on post-French revolutionary speculations on the theme of social and human perfectibility, it remains one of the most powerful statements of the limits to human hopes set by the tension between population growth and natural resources. Based on the authoritative variorum edition of the versions of the Essay published between 1803 and 1826, and complete with full introduction and bibliographic apparatus, this new edition is intended to show how Malthusianism impinges on the history of political thought. Based on Malthus's second edition of 'An Essay on the Principle of Population' published in 1803, which established the author's reputation as a population theorist and political economist.

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