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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Eventually, the Malthusian limits would be hit, and at that point a process of breakdown would begin.
200 to 1450, the civilizations of settled Eurasia kept hitting Malthusian limits.
The working of Malthusian limits could have affected economic progress negatively, pushing living standards down; however greater population density could have led to more advanced production techniques and modes of organization, in particular through the division of labour and thereby specialisation and increasing returns to scale.
A second problem with bureaucratization is the stretching of a frame to (or beyond) its Malthusian limits.