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Although Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) is frequently stated because the founding textual content of the U.S. environmental circulation, in The Malthusian Moment Thomas Robertson locates the origins of contemporary American environmentalism in twentieth-century variations of Thomas Malthus’s issues approximately inhabitants progress. for plenty of environmentalists, handling inhabitants progress grew to become the major to unlocking the main intractable difficulties dealing with american citizens after global battle II—everything from battle and the unfold of communism in another country to poverty, race riots, and suburban sprawl at home.

Weaving jointly the overseas and the household in inventive new methods, The Malthusian Moment charts the explosion of Malthusian pondering within the usa from global battle I to Earth Day 1970, then strains the just-as-surprising decline in predicament starting within the mid-1970s. as well as providing an unconventional examine international conflict II and the chilly conflict via a balanced learn of the environmental movement’s so much contentious concept, the publication sheds new mild on the various massive tales of postwar American lifestyles: the increase of intake, the expansion of the government, city and suburban difficulties, the civil rights and women’s routine, the function of scientists in a democracy, new attitudes approximately intercourse and sexuality, and the emergence of the “New Right.”

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