A Concise History of World Population

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2012-04-23
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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The new edition of this standard history of world population has been updated to include discussions of prehistoric migration and the effects of environmental and climate change, as well as expanded coverage of low fertility rates in developing Asian and Latin American countries. This edition also features fully-updated statistics, tables, and bibliography, as well as weblinks to key scientific journals.

Author Biography

Massimo Livi-Bacci is Professor of Demography at the University of Florence. A former president of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, his extensive research interests include contemporary demography as well as the history of population. He has taught and held fellowships at universities all over the world, including Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, the Collège de France, and the Colegio de México. His many publications include Population and Nutrition (1991), The Population of Europe: A History (Blackwell, 1999), and Conquest: The Destruction of the American Indios (2007).

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. viii
List of Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
The Space and Strategy of Demographic Growthp. 1
Humans and Animalsp. 1
Divide and Multiplyp. 5
Jacopo Bichi and Domenica Del Buono, Jean Guyon and Mathurine Robinp. 7
Reproduction and Survivalp. 9
The Space of Growthp. 17
Environmental Constraintsp. 19
A Few Figuresp. 24
Notesp. 27
Further Readingp. 31
Demographic Growth: Between Choice and Constraintp. 32
Constraint, Choice, Adaptationp. 32
From Hunters to Farmers: The Neolithic Demographic Transitionp. 34
Black Death and Demographic Decline in Europep. 41
The Tragedy of the American Indios: Old Microbes and New Populationsp. 46
Africa, America, and the Slave Tradep. 53
The French Canadians: A Demographic Success Storyp. 57
Ireland and Japan: Two Islands, Two Historiesp. 61
On the Threshold of the Contemporary World: China and Europep. 66
Notesp. 73
Further Readingp. 80
Land, Labor, and Populationp. 82
Diminishing Returns and Demographic Growthp. 82
Historical Confirmationsp. 86
Demographic Pressure and Economic Developmentp. 91
More on Demographic Pressure and Development: Examples from the Stone Age to the Present Dayp. 95
Space, Land, and Developmentp. 98
Population Size and Prosperityp. 105
Increasing or Decreasing Returns? 108 Notes 109 Further Readingp. 112
Toward Order and Efficiency: The Recent Demography of Europe and the Developed Worldp. 114
From Waste to Economyp. 114
From Disorder to Order: The Lengthening of Lifep. 119
From High to Low Fertilityp. 125
European Emigration: A Unique Phenomenonp. 132
A Summing Up: The Results of the Transitionp. 138
Theoretical Considerations on the Relationship between Demographic and Economic Growthp. 140
More on the Relationship between Demographic and Economic Growth: Empirical Observations 146 Notes 153 Further Readingp. 158
The Populations of Poor Countriesp. 160
An Extraordinary Phasep. 160
The Conditions of Survivalp. 165
A Brief Geography of Fertilityp. 172
The Conditions and Prospects for Fertility Decline and Demographic Policyp. 177
India and Chinap. 185
Fertilia and Steriliap. 194
Explaining a Paradox 198 Notes 205 Further Readingp. 212
The Future 214 1 Population and Self-Regulationp. 214
The Numbers of the Futurep. 216
The North-South Divide and International Migrationp. 223
On Sustainability of Extended Survivalp. 230
The Moving Limitsp. 238
The Emerging Limitsp. 243
The Emerging Limits: Non-Renewable Resources and Foodp. 246
The Emerging Limits: Space and Environmentp. 250
Calculations and Valuesp. 254
Notesp. 258
Further Readingp. 262
Major Scientific Journals for Further Readingp. 264
Indexp. 265
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