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ISBN: 0393924106, 9780393924107Издательство: W.W. Norton & Company
Год издания: 2003
While millions face hunger, malnutrition, and starvation, the world's population is increasing by over 225,000 people per day, 80 million per year. In many countries, supplies of food and water are inadequate to support the population, so the world fallsdeeper and deeper into what economists call the "Malthusian trap," named for the writer whose work, more than any other, brought attention to the population dilemma. Philip Appleman's comprehensive introduction to Thomas Robert Malthus' seminal 1798 worktraces the evolution of Malthus' idea and its validity through following generations. The text is accompanied by explanatory annotations and excerpts from the revised edition (1803). Key eighteenth-century influences on Malthus are reprinted, including one by Benjamin Franklin. Nine major assessments from the nineteenth century are reprinted, including?new to the Second Edition?those of Frances Pace and Harriet Martineau. Contemporary commentary ranges widely...