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The Savage Wars of Peace England, Japan and the Malthusian Trap

by Alan MacFarlane

  • ISBN: 9780631181170
  • ISBN10: 0631181172

The Savage Wars of Peace England, Japan and the Malthusian Trap

by Alan MacFarlane

  • List Price: $171.50
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publish date: 06/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780631181170
  • ISBN10: 0631181172
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Description: Two hundred years ago, leading thinkers such as Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and Thomas Malthus could not see how the inhabitants of the earth, then numbering less than a billion, could be adequately fed, clothed and housed. The world now holds over six times that number, half of whom live well above subsistence level. Through detailed comparative analysis of English and Japanese history, Alan Macfarlane seeks to explain how this has happened. The book explores such matters as the destruction of war, decline of famine, importance of certain drinks (especially tea), the use of human excrement and the effects of housing, clothing and bathing on human health It also shows how the English and Japanese controlled fertility through marriage and sexual patterns, biological and contraceptive factors, abortion and infanticide. It proposes a new way of linking cause and effect in history.

At one level this is a book of detection, trying to solve one of the great unsolved mysteries of history. At another it is a work of cultural translation, trying to explain the material and cultural underpinnings of East Asia (Japan) and Europe (England) through a long historical period. It thus combines history, anthropology, medicine and demography with a detailed use of contemporary sources including traveler's accounts, diaries and medical texts.

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