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Malthus Across Nations

The Reception of Thomas Robert Malthus in Europe, America and Japan Edited by Gilbert Faccarello, Professor of Economics, Panthéon-Assas University, Paris, France, Masashi Izumo, Faculty of Economics, Kanagawa University and Hiromi Morishita, Faculty of Economics, Hokkai-Gakuen University, Japan
The writings of Thomas Robert Malthus continue to resonate today, particularly An Essay on the Principle of Population which was published more than two centuries ago. Malthus Across Nations creates a fascinating picture of the circulation of his economic and demographic ideas across different countries, highlighting the reception of his works in a variety of nations and cultures. This unique book offers not only a fascinating piece of comparative analysis in the history of economic thought, but also places some of today’s most pressing debates into an accurate historical perspective, thereby improving our understanding of them.
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Publication Date: April 2020
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  • Economics and Finance
  • History of Economic Thought
The writings of Thomas Robert Malthus continue to resonate today, particularly An Essay on the Principle of Population which was published more than two centuries ago. Malthus Across Nations creates a fascinating picture of the circulation of his economic and demographic ideas across different countries, highlighting the reception of his works in a variety of nations and cultures. This unique book offers not only a fascinating piece of comparative analysis in the history of economic thought, but also places some of today’s most pressing debates into an accurate historical perspective, thereby improving our understanding of them.

Providing a complex and multi-faceted analysis of the reception and dissemination of the works of Malthus, this book examines how his approach was misunderstood and distorted throughout his lifetime and beyond. It illuminates the different ways in which groups of actors, including laymen, politicians and experts, have reacted to his work in specific historical and intellectual contexts, and with particular theoretical, political and moral concerns. Detailed breakdowns of the main controversies over his work are also explored.

An insightful read for scholars studying economics and history of economic thought, this book guides readers from Malthus’s original publications to their continuing impact today. This will also be a useful volume for ethics, political thought and intellectual history students.
Contributors include: D. Andrews, J.L. Cardoso, D. Donnini Macciò, G. Faccarello, C. Gehrke, M. Izumo, M. Markov, D. Melnik, A. Mendes Cunha, H. Morishita, R. Romani, J. San Julián Arrupe, R. Walter



Contents:

Introduction
Gilbert Faccarello, Masashi Izumo and Hiromi Morishita

1. Malthus in Britain, 1798-1914
Ryan Walter

2. The Reception of Malthus’s Essay on Population in the United States
David Andrews

3. ‘Enlightened Saint Malthus’ or the ‘Gloomy Protestant of Dismal England’? The Reception of Malthus in the French Language
Faccarello Gilbert

4. The reception of Malthus in Germany and Austria in the 19th century
Christian Gehrke

5. Malthus’s Italian Incarnations, 1815-1915
Daniela Donnini Macciò and Roberto Romani

6. The reception of Malthus in Spain and Spanish speaking Latin America
Javier San Julián Arrupe

7. The Reception and Appropriation of Malthus in Portugal and Brazil
José Luís Cardoso and Alexandre Mendes Cunha

8. The Reception of Malthus in Russia
Maxim Markov and Denis Melnik

9. The Reception of Malthus in Japan
Masashi Izumo and Hiromi Morishita

10. Index