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dc.contributor.authorWeber, Lina
dc.identifier.citationWeber , L 2021 , ' Doom and gloom : the future of world at the end of the eighteenth century ' , History , vol. 106 , no. 371 , pp. 409-428 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 274213109
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8397-3320/work/95772807
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dc.description.abstractThis article challenges the widely held assumption that Thomas Robert Malthus was a lonely pessimist in the late eighteenth century. Interpreting the sources that Malthus had used to write his Essay on the Principle of Population as predictions of the future, the article argues that Malthus inherited a sense of looming doom from his predecessors. In the second half of the eighteenth century, David Hume, Adam Smith, Richard Price, and Thomas Paine predicted Britain's ruin through national bankruptcy. Although Malthus, too, expressed anxiety about excessive growth, he changed the parameters by worrying about overpopulation, rather than overspending. By considering Malthus in the context in which he originally formulated his famous principle of population, this article sheds new light on what he was doing when he first published his Essay in 1798.
dc.rightsCopyright © 2021 The Authors. History published by The Historical Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.en
dc.subjectDA Great Britainen
dc.titleDoom and gloom : the future of world at the end of the eighteenth centuryen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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