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African Population Studies
Union for African Population Studies
ISSN: 0850-5780
Vol. 25, No. 2, 2011, pp. 181-193
Bioline Code: ep11022
Full paper language: English
Document type: Literature Review
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African Population Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2011, pp. 181-193

 en Malthus, the 18th Century European explorers and the principle of population in Africa
Reniers, Georges


In the second edition of his Essay on the Principle of Population, Malthus included twelve chapters that offer a remarkable description of population dynamics from all corners of the world. His discussion of (sub-Saharan) Africa was almost entirely based on the travel accounts of James Bruce and Mungo Park, two late Eighteenth Century British explorers. In this essay, I introduce these sources and discuss the insights that Malthus did, or perhaps should have, derived from both.

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