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Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth by Alison Bashford (review)

Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth by Alison Bashford (review) Book Reviews Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth. By alison bashford. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 480 pp. $50.00 (cloth). Alison Bashford, or more likely a publicity director at Columbia University Press, has chosen a bad title for a good book. This book is not about global population and still less about life on Earth. It is, rather, a detailed and insightful study of ideas within the Anglophone world, ca. 1920­1950, about the specter of population growth, the imbalances of population density around the world, and the proper role of birth control and migration. The book nominally continues to 1968, but its treatment of the later decades is thin compared to that of the earlier ones. It is built around a handful of characters, some famous and some now obscure, who wrote with varying degrees of anxiety and urgency about population issues. John Maynard Keynes, H. G. Wells, Julian Huxley, and Margaret Sanger are here. So are George Knibbs (1858­1929), unknown outside Australia today and probably not well remembered even there, and Warren Thompson (1887­1973), an American demographer known only to demographers attuned to the history of their profession. Bashford's cast includes two Indian intellectuals, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth by Alison Bashford (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 25 (4) – Oct 5, 2015

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Book Reviews Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth. By alison bashford. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 480 pp. $50.00 (cloth). Alison Bashford, or more likely a publicity director at Columbia University Press, has chosen a bad title for a good book. This book is not about global population and still less about life on Earth. It is, rather, a detailed and insightful study of ideas within the Anglophone world, ca. 1920­1950, about the specter of population growth, the imbalances of population density around the world, and the proper role of birth control and migration. The book nominally continues to 1968, but its treatment of the later decades is thin compared to that of the earlier ones. It is built around a handful of characters, some famous and some now obscure, who wrote with varying degrees of anxiety and urgency about population issues. John Maynard Keynes, H. G. Wells, Julian Huxley, and Margaret Sanger are here. So are George Knibbs (1858­1929), unknown outside Australia today and probably not well remembered even there, and Warren Thompson (1887­1973), an American demographer known only to demographers attuned to the history of their profession. Bashford's cast includes two Indian intellectuals,

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 5, 2015

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