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Hung Liang-Chi: a Chinese Malthus

Leo Silberman
Population Studies
Vol. 13, No. 3 (Mar., 1960), pp. 257-265
DOI: 10.2307/2172248
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2172248
Page Count: 9
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Hung Liang-Chi: a Chinese Malthus
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Abstract

Malthusian theories are not an exclusive intellectual discovery of European writers. They have occurred elsewhere, in period of rapid population increase. In this paper, a Chinese example is analysed and the relevant essays translated. The essays were written at the same time that Malthus published his ideas and contain most of his philosophical notions but are not supported by any statistical evidence. Unlike those of Malthus in Europe they did not evoke any controversy in China, although their author was well known as a man of letters and close to the central authority. To-day, of course, Malthusianism is a subject much discussed in China.

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