- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (June 4, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0631204555
- ISBN-13: 978-0631204558
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,636,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews of the first edition:
"A fine book, well worth reading and highly stimulating for students. It can be thoroughly recommended." Population Studies
"This readable account displays the main strands of the thick skin of human head counts unusually well." Scientific American
"Livi-Bacci marshals an impressive array of evidence to describe large-scale population changes in human history and their future implications." Choice
"This is a bold and intelligent book providing a coherent overview of an enormous topic. Livi-Bacci is a thoughtful, incisive, and wide-ranging guide into a vast terrain; readers will not get lost." Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"This is a balanced and thoughtful treatment of an important and highly controversial subject. It is breathtaking in scope, and sure to become a classic." Richard A. Easterlin, University of South Carolina
"Authoritative, succinct and readable." Ansley J. Coale, Princeton University
"Graceful and wide-ranging, the story is fascinating, and told with style and enthusiasm." Sam Preston, University of Pennsylvania
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Livi-Bacci is one of the great historians of human population of our age. His title suggests that this is a survey of previous studies of population. It is. But it is more than that. It is also a unique work of scholarship. Livi-Bacci presents new work which clarifies and extends our understanding of how population growth has affected past history and how it will continue to affect our lives in the future.
It is well written. The style is clear and concise. It is suitable for the generalist as well as the specialist. It is a joy to read.
There are only two faults that I feel mar this book. The first is that Livi-Bacci pays less attention to the effects of the Demographic Transition than it seems to merit. The second is that there is no summary bibliography. Yet if one wishes to look at one book which reveals how powerfully human population growth has affected human history, this would be the book to choose.
The text also looks at poor countries. Where the situation is often starkly different. While fertility rates have often fallen, these are usually still above replacement rates. Leading some countries to expect continued demographic pressures to maintain, let alone improve, living standards.
Unfortunately, the best available data suggests that the world population will still increase, topping out [we hope] at 9 billion by 2050. It could be grim.