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The Savage Wars of Peace

England, Japan and the Malthusian Trap

  • Authors
  • Alan Macfarlane

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Introduction

    1. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 1-8
  3. The Trap

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
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      Pages 11-24
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      Pages 25-36
  4. Wars of Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
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      Pages 39-48
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      Pages 49-59
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      Pages 60-85
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      Pages 86-104
  5. In the Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 107-123
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      Pages 124-153
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      Pages 154-180
  6. On the Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 205-217
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      Pages 218-238
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      Pages 269-282
  7. In the Air

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
  8. In the Womb

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 303-318
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  9. Outcome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 371-390
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 391-427

About this book

Introduction

This book aims to solve the problem of how parts of mankind escaped from an apparently inevitable trap of war, famine and disease in the last three hundred years. Through a detailed comparative analysis of English and Japanese history it explores such matters as the destruction of war, decline of famine, importance of certain drinks (especially tea), the use of human excrement and the effects of housing, clothing and bathing on human health. It also shows how the English and Japanese controlled fertility through marriage and sexual patterns, biological and contraceptive factors, abortion and infanticide.

Keywords

culture disease England English environment health Japan marriage nature nutrition war water

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230598324
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-0432-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59832-4
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