From Malthus to the Club of Rome and Back: Problems of Limits to Growth, Population Control, and Migrations

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M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 1994 - Social Science - 227 pages
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This collection of articles on population growth spans 20 years of the author's thinking and research on a wide range of issues. The book opens with a presentation of the early history of demography before Thomas Malthus wrote his essay on the principles of population (1798) that marked the beginnings of modern demography as a science. The author follows up with a chapter on the estimates made at various times in the past hundred years about the maximum number of people who could live on earth. Four papers deal with the debates about global models of population growth and the limits to growth. Sharp swings in population policy in China from the Communist Revolution under Mao in 1949 to the one child-per-family rule in 1979 are also considered. Another chapter compares population policy in Japan, China and India. A chapter is devoted to the role of oil and the soaring price of the basic input into agriculture as a constraint on food production and, as a result, on population growth. A closing chapter considers the great migrations of the 19th and 20th centuries, including the transatlantic and transpacific movements, the mass migrations after World Wars I and II, and those of recent decades. This book will interest scholars and students in economics and other social sciences dealings with the issues of demography, population growth, and economic development.
  

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Contents

Changes of an Argument
39
From Malthus
58
Models of the Worlds Problems and Problems with
92
Comments at the 6th Global Modeling Conference
126
The Price and Availability of Oil and the Food Situation
145
Chinese Population Policy from 1949 to 1984
155
A Comparison of Problems and of Measures Taken
181
The Great Migrations of the Nineteenth
195
Index
219
About the Author
227
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Paul Neurath was a Jewish political prisoner in the concentration camps Dachau and Buchenwald from April 1, 1938 to May 27, 1939.

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