An Essay On The Principle Of Population

By: Thomas Malthus
Published By: Double9 Books
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An Essay on the Principle of Population was first published in 1798 under an alias, but Thomas Robert Malthus's identity was soon made public. The book foresaw problems in the future because, according to one interpretation, population growth would follow a geometric progression (doubling every 25 years) while food production would follow an arithmetic progression. This discrepancy would lead to food shortages and famine unless birth rates were to fall. Despite not being the first book on population, Malthus's work sparked discussion about the size of the population in Britain and helped the Census Act of 1800 become law. A national census was made possible by this Act, starting in 1801 and continuing every ten years to the present in England, Wales, and Scotland. Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace both regarded the book's sixth edition from 1826 as having had a significant influence on their work on the idea of natural selection. The Malthusian Law of Population, as it is presently called, received significant attention in this book. According to the hypothesis, rising population rates result in a greater supply of labor, which eventually drives down wages. Malthus essentially believed that poverty is a natural byproduct of population expansion.

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Thomas Malthus

Thomas Robert Malthus FRS was a prominent economist in the fields of political economy and demography who lived in England from February 1766 to December 29, 1834. Malthus noted in his 1798 book An Essay on the Principle of Population that an increase in a country's food production improved the welfare of the populace, but the improvement was only fleeting because it caused population growth, which in turn led to a return to the original per capita production level. This theory, known as the "Malthusian trap" or the "Malthusian specter," holds that people had a tendency to use abundance for population growth rather than for preserving a high level of living. According to a gloomy theory commonly referred to as a Malthusian catastrophe, populations had a tendency to increase until the lower class experienced hardship, poverty, and increased susceptibility to war, starvation, and disease. Malthus argued against the widely held belief in 18th-century Europe that society was improving and, in theory, perfectible. The capacity of the population is indefinitely greater than the power on the earth to generate food for man, according to Malthus, who saw population rise as inevitable anytime conditions improved.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 145 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9357480927
  • ISBN-13: 9789357480925
  • Item Weight: 174g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 8.37 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy