Published in two volumes, these books provide a student audience
with an excellent scholarly edition of Malthus' Essay on
Population. Written in 1798 as a polite attack on post-French
revolutionary speculations on the theme of social and human
perfectibility, it remains one of the most powerful statements of
the limits to human hopes set by the tension between population
growth and natural resources. Based on the authoritative variorum
edition of the versions of the Essay published between 1803 and
1826, and complete with full introduction and bibliographic
apparatus, this edition is intended to show how Malthusianism
impinges on the history of political thought, and how the author's
reputation as a population theorist and political economist was
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