The future of both humanity and the planet depends on the shape of human population growth, the only aspect of our future that can be confidently predicted. In ten thought-provoking chapters, Paul Morland explores ten illuminating trends that will determine that shape, from the fertility rate of Singapore to the ageing of the Japanese.
Dr Paul Morland is a Senior Member of St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Educated at Oxford, he received his Ph.D. from the University of London. He is the author of The Human Tide - How Population Shaped the Modern World, which has been translated into nine languages, and he has contributed articles on demography to newspapers in the UK and beyond. A dual UK and German citizen, Paul Morland lives in London with his wife and has three adult children.
Morland predicts the future of humanity in 10 illuminating
statistics (could the Japanese and Italians now go the way of the
dodo?) and looks back to how ebbs and flows of population have
shaped history, such as the Soviet Union’s plummeting birth rate in
the 1960s, which hastened the end of the Cold War.
*The Daily Telegraph *
Compulsively readable. Regarding the cultural and political implications of enormous pending shifts in human population, Morland manages to remain admirably neutral; readers can draw their own conclusions. Will the future be better or worse? Only one thing is certain: it will be very, very different.
Paul Morland provides the demographic key to understanding so much of recent history and contemporary society - from Chinese cities, to global ageing and the rise of Africa. With great authority and an eye for the vivid detail he opens a door that I was scarcely aware of, persuading me that demography really is the master social science.
An accomplished whistle stop tour of world demographics.
Paul Morland is emerging as the foremost chronicler of today’s global demographic revolution. Through ten striking numbers, Tomorrow’s People relates the breath-taking social changes produced by the spatially uneven transition from population explosion to decline.