Effective population as a source of international power
Ever since the time the modern quickening of population growth was first observed, the facts of population have been the facts of life in world politics. The reasons why Europeans — not Africans or Indians or Chinese — have dominated world politics lie rooted in part in population changes that occurred at a strategic time. Asians hope that things will change, that somehow, some day, ‘east wind will prevail over west wind’. Such hopes rest in part upon demographic actualities and upon projected future trends. At the same time, one of the most serious obstacles to the realisation of these hopes (and, indeed, to the hopes of all the underdeveloped world for greater power and wealth and esteem) is likely to be the timing and composition of their population increases.
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