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Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth

Alison Bashford

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January, 2014
Cloth, 480 pages, B&W Illus.: 15
ISBN: 978-0-231-14766-8
$50.00 / £34.50

"With this engaging, wide-ranging, and impressively researched book, which tracks the global history of the ‘world population problem’—including fascinating forays into debates on eugenics, birth control, colonization, soil, food, agriculture, and the carrying capacity of the earth—Bashford joins a very select group of historians who have recently taken the familiar narratives of world history in an entirely new direction: toward the historical origins of modern ‘planetary consciousness.’ A timely and brilliant piece of work." — Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

"The earth, and population, and death—for much of the twentieth century, those were the facts when it came to brass tacks, as Alison Bashford convincingly shows in this wide-ranging, ground-breaking study. Global Population brings together geopolitics and eugenics, feminism and Malthusianism, ecology and economics in surprising and often counterintuitive combinations. The result is a major contribution to global intellectual history." — David Armitage, Harvard University

"This is the most fascinating and informative history on global population that this reviewer has ever read. Bashford's very impressive work will be of most interest to advance graduate students and faculty... Highly recommended." — CHOICE

"Alison Bashford’s achievement in Global Population is that she has successfully found an insightful key-code that unlocks the interconnections over the past century or more of many themes expressed in a wide diversity of disciplinary fields addressed to problems of population policy." — Simon Szreter, University of Cambridge

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About the Author

Alison Bashford is a historian whose many books connect imperial and world history with medical and environmental histories. She is the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge, and has taught at Harvard University, the Australian National University, and, for many years, at the University of Sydney. In 2011, she won the Cantemir Prize with Philippa Levine for The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics.

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