The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism
The Malthusian Moment" locates the origins of modern American environmentalism in a twentieth-century revival of interest in Thomas Malthus's theory of population growth, shedding new light on some of the big stories of postwar American life: the role of the federal government, urban and suburban problems, the Civil Rights and women's movements, the role of scientists in a...more
ebook, 316 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Rutgers University Press
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Thomas Robertson’s The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism (2012) expands on one of environmentalism’s central tenets: “think globally, act locally.” By placing concerns over population growth at the center of his analysis, Robertson easily shifts from global discussions of foreign policy to local debates over open space and birth control. Robertson tacks from global to local with ease, covering a variety of topics in the process. Yet I felt th...more