Malthusian catastrophe

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Malthusian catastrophe

A hypothetical limit on human population espoused by English theologian and scholar Thomas Robert Malthus in his 1798 Essay on the Principle of Population. Malthus believed that humans would eventually reproduce in such excess that they would surpass the limits of food supplies; once they reached this point, some sort of "catastrophe” was inevitable to control the population and human resources.
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It is natural thus to interpret the Great Famine as a Malthusian check to profligate population growth.
In the face of images of children dying of war and famine and plague--those Malthusian checks on population--Ivan's response is all too understandable.
The Malthusian checks on population--poverty, starvation, disease, and vice--may appear exaggerated in today's level of scientific and medical advancement, but such specters continue to haunt large parts of the world.