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One Quarter of Humanity: Malthusian Mythology and Chinese Realities, 1700–2000
by James Z. LEE and Wang Feng
Harvard University Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-674-63908-9 | eISBN: 978-0-674-04005-2 | Paper: 978-0-674-00709-3
Library of Congress Classification HB3654.A3L4 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 304.60951

One Quarter of Humanity presents evidence about historical and contemporary Chinese population behavior that overturns much of the received wisdom about the differences between China and the West. James Lee and Wang Feng argue that there has been effective regulation of population growth in China through a variety of practices that depressed marital fertility to levels far below European standards, and through the widespread practices of infanticide and abortion. These practices and other distinctive features of the Chinese demographic and social system, they argue, led to a different demographic transition in China from the one that took place in the West.

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