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Malthus

Donald Winch

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9780199670413
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191778360 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199670413.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Malthus

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Thomas Robert Malthus was an English cleric whose ideas, as expounded in his most famous work the Essay on the Principle of Population, caused a storm of controversy. Malthus: A Very Short Introduction explains and clarifies Malthus's ideas, assessing the profound influence he has had on modern economic thought. Concentrating on his writings, it sheds light on the context in which he wrote and why his work has remained controversial. Looking at Malthus's early life as well as the evolution of his theories from population to political economy, it considers why and how Malthus's writings have been so influential in the thought of later figures such as Darwin and Keynes.

Keywords: Marquis de Condorcet; David Hume; John Maynard Keynes; law of diminishing returns; Thomas Robert Malthus; John Stuart Mill; political economy; population; David Ricardo; John Bird Sumner; United States of America

Book.  144 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Intellectual History ; History of Economic Thought ; Political Economy ; Population and Demography

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