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Economic, Social and Demographic Thought in the XIXth Century

The Population Debate from Malthus to Marx

Authors: Charbit, Yves

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According to current understanding, Malthus was hostile to an excess of population because it caused social sufferings, while Marx was favourable to demographic growth in so far as a large proletariat was a factor aggravating the contradictions of capitalism. This is unfortunately an oversimplification. Both raised the same crucial question: when considered as an economic variable, how does population fit into the analysis of economic growth? Even though they started from the same analytical standpoint, Marx established a very different diagnosis from that of Malthus and built a social doctrine no less divergent. The book also discusses the theoretical and doctrinal contribution of the liberal economists, writing at the onset of the industrial revolution in France (1840-1870), and those of their contemporary, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, who shared with Marx the denunciation of the capitalist system. By paying careful attention to the social, economic, and political context, this book goes beyond the shortcomings of the classification between pro- and anti-populationism. It sheds new light over nineteenth century controversies over population in France, a case study for Europe.

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“In this volume, Yves Charbit describes how population thinking moved from a stage where it was primarily considered a theme of political philosophy towards a subject of social science, and a subject of economics in particular, making it ready to emerge as an independent scientific discipline towards the end of the nineteenth century. … I would certainly recommend this book … .” (Jan Van Bavel, Population Studies, Vol. 66 (3), November, 2012)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Economic, Social and Demographic Thought in the XIXth Century
Book Subtitle
The Population Debate from Malthus to Marx
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9960-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9960-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9959-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8229-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 190
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