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Malthus: A Very Short Introduction

Donald Winch

June 2013

ISBN: 9780199670413

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834) was an English cleric whose ideas on population and political economy have had a profound influence on modern economic thought. In this Very Short Introduction, Donald Winch considers the context in which Malthus wrote, examines why his work matters, and why it remains so controversial.

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Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834) was an English cleric whose ideas on population and political economy have had a profound influence on modern economic thought. In this Very Short Introduction, Donald Winch considers the context in which Malthus wrote, examines why his work matters, and why it remains so controversial.

  • A short introduction to the work of Thomas Robert Malthus, an influential English cleric
  • Clearly explains Malthus's ideas and main theories
  • Assesses the profound influence Malthus has had on modern economic thought
  • Considers the impact he had on later theorists, such as Darwin and Keynes
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series

About the Author(s)

Donald Winch, Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex

Donald Winch is Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex. His previous publications include studies of classical political economy, the relationship of economics and policy during the twentieth century, including Adam Smith's Politics (1978), (with Stefan Collini and John Burrow) That Noble Science of Politics (1983), and Riches and Poverty: An Intellectual History of Political Economy in Britain, 1750-1834 and Wealth and Life: Essays on the Intellectual History of Political Economy in Britain, 1848-1914.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1:Reputation
    2:Life
    3:Population: the first Essay
    4:Population: the second Essay
    5:From population to political economy
    6:The political economy of stable growth
    7:Conclusion
    References
    Further reading

Reviews

"With population growth and food availability remaining major economic and social issues today, it is little wonder that Malthus ideas continue to resonate. This accessible and thorough clarification of his ideas is therefore as timely and relevant as ever." - Nicholas J. McMeniman, Australian Commonwealth Government, Political Studies Review