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Alison Bashford

Books and Edited Special Issues

A. Bashford, An Intimate History of Evolution: The Story of the Huxley Family (Allen Lane, 2022)

A. Bashford and J.E. Chaplin, The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus:Re-reading the Principle of Population (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016).

A. Bashford, Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014).

A. Bashford and P. Levine, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (Oxford and New York: Oxford University press, 2010).

A. Bashford, S. Fennell, D. Kelly (eds.), ‘Malthusian Moments,’ The Historical Journal, Inaugural Special Issue, 63, 1, (2020).


A. Bashford, ‘Malthus and Gender,’ Australian Economic History Review (Forthcoming, 2022)

A. Bashford, ‘Malthus and China’, The Historical Journal, 63, 1 (2020): 63-89.

A. Bashford, D. Kelly, and S. Fennell, ‘Malthusian Moments: Introduction,The Historical Journal, 63, 1 (2020): 1-13.

A. Bashford, ‘Bioscapes: Gendering the Global History of Medicine,’ Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 89, 4 (2015): 690-695.

A. Bashford, ‘Immigration Restriction: Rethinking Period and Place from Settler Colonies to Postcolonial Nations,’ Journal of Global History, 9, 1 (2014): 26-48.

A. Bashford, The Anthropocene is Modern History: Reflections on Climate and Australian Deep Time,’ Australian Historical Studies, 44, 3 (2013): 341-349.

A. Bashford, Anti-Colonial Climates: Physiology, Ecology, and Global Population,Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 86, 4 (2012): 595-626.

A. Bashford, Malthus and Colonial History,’ Journal of Australian Studies, 36, 1 (2012): 99-110.

A. Bashford, Population, Geopolitics and International Organizations in the Mid Twentieth Century,Journal of World History, 19, 3 (2008): 327-347. Translated and republished. ‘Populacão, Geopolitica e Organizacoes Internacionais em Meados do Século XX,’ Miguel Bandeira Jerónima, José Pedro Monteiro (orgs), Os Passados do Present, Internacionalismo e a Construcão do Mundo Contemporâneo (Almedina: Coimbra, 2015), 271-294.

A. Bashford, World Population, World Health and Security: 20th Century Trends,’ Journal of Epidemiology and Population Health, 62, 3 (2008): 187-190.

A. Bashford, World Population and Australian Land: Demography and Sovereignty in the Twentieth Century,Australian Historical Studies, 130, (2007): 211-227.

A. Bashford, Nation, Empire, Globe: The Spaces of Population Debate in the Interwar Years,Comparative Studies in Society and History, 49, 170 (2007): 170-201.

A. Bashford, Global Biopolitics and the History of World Health,History of the Human Sciences, 19, 1 (2006): 67-88.

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Book Chapters

A. Bashford, ‘Population Planning for a Global Middle Class,’ in Christof Dejung, Jürgen Osterhammel, David Motadel (Eds.), The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019), 85-101.

A. Bashford, ‘World Population from Eugenics to Climate Change,’ in Nick Hopwood, Rebecca Flemming and Lauren Kassell (eds.), Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 505-520.

A. Bashford and J.E. Chaplin, ‘Malthus and the New World,’ in Robert J. Mayhew (ed.), New Perspectives of Malthus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 105-127.

A. Bashford, ‘Population Politics since 1750,’ in Kenneth Pomeranz and John McNeil (eds.), The Cambridge World History, Vol. 7 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 212-236.

A. Bashford, ‘George Knibbs,’ in Libby Robin, Sverker Sørlin, Paul Warde (eds.), The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013).

A. Bashford, ‘Insanity and Immigration Restriction,’ in Catherine Cox and Hilary Marland (eds.), Migration, Health, and Ethnicity in the Modern World (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013), 14-35.

A. Bashford, ‘Julian Huxley’s Transhumanism,’ in Marius Turda (ed.), Crafting Humans: From Genesis to Eugenics and Beyond (Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht University Press, 2013), 153-168.

A. Bashford, ‘Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Eugenics,’ in A. Bashford and P. Levine (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), 154-172.

A. Bashford, ‘Where did Eugenics Go?’ in A. Bashford and P. Levine (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), 539-558.

Essays and Media

A. Bashford, The Man We Love to Hate: Time to Re-Appraise Thomas Robert Malthus,’ University of Cambridge, May 2016.

A. Bashford, Apocalyptic Concerns of World Population Not New,’ ABC Radio, May 2014.

A. Bashford, ‘Malthus and the New World,’ ABC Radio, October 2011.

A. Bashford, ‘Give me Land, Lots of Land,’ Australian Literary Review, 6, 9 (2011).

Stephen Pascoe


S. Pascoe, Virginie Rey and Paul James (eds.), Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb (North Carlton, Aus: Arena Publications, 2015).


S. Pascoe, A “Weapon of the Weak”: Electric Boycotts in the Arab Levant and the Global Contours of Interwar Anti-Imperialism,’ Radical History Review 134 (April, 2019), 116-141.

S. Pascoe, “The Death and Life of Beirut,” in Urban Transformations: Booms, Busts and Other Catastrophes: Proceedings of the 11th Australasian Urban History, Planning History Conference (State Library of Western Australia, Perth, 5–8 February 2012), 254–265.

S. Pascoe, “An ‘Enlightened Urban Renewal’?: The University of Melbourne, The Housing Commission of Victoria and The Contest for Carlton in the 1960s,” in Green Fields, Brown Fields, New Fields: Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Urban History, Planning History Conference (University of Melbourne, 7–10 February 2010), 452–467.

Book Chapters

V. Rey and S. Pascoe, “Disappearing Minorities: Toponymical Identities and the Making of an Ethnographic Museum at the Azem Palace in Damascus.” In Virginie Rey (ed.), The Art of Minorities: Cultural Representation in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 33–56.

S. Pascoe, ‘”Introduction: Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb,” in Pascoe, Rey and James (eds.), Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb (North Carlton, Aus: Arena Publications, 2015), 1-13.

S. Pascoe, Making the Middle East Modern: Shifting Frameworks of History.” In Pascoe, Rey and James (eds.), Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb (North Carlton, Aus: Arena Publications, 2015), 14–30.

S Pascoe, Graeme Davison and Stephen Pascoe, “Patricians, Trendies and Radicals: The University and Urban Activism.” In Renate Howe, David Nichols and Graeme Davison (eds.), Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities (Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2014), 31–54.

Naomi Parkinson


L. Ford and N. Parkinson, ‘Legislating Liberty: Liberated Africans and the Abolition Act, 1806-1824,’ Slavery and Abolition, 41 no. 4 (2021), 827-846.

N. Parkinson, S. Doherty and L. Ford, ‘A Commissioner’s Day: Quantitative approaches to the study of evidence in royal commissions of inquiry’, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (2021).

with S. Doherty (et al.), ‘Inquiring into the corpus of empire’, Journal of World History 32, no. 2 (2021), 219-240.

N. Parkinson, ‘Impersonating a Voter: Constructions of race and conceptions of subjecthood in the franchise of colonial New South Wales, c. 1850-1865’ Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 47 (2019), 652-675.

Aprajita Sarcar


A. Sarcar, ‘Building the Population Bomb. Emily Klancher Merchant‘, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 78 (2023), 227 – 229.

A. Sarcar & J. Wing-Lun, ‘Calls for a “one-child policy” in India are misguided at best, and dangerous at worst,’ The Conversation, 15 November 2022.

A. Sarcar, ‘A demographer’s urban village: Testing Demographic Transition Theory, Delhi 1950-70’ Journal of Historical Geography 76 (2022), 56–67. 

A. Sarcar, ‘How a Village in Delhi Influenced Public Healthcare in India,’ The India Forum (15 April 2022)

A. Sarcar and Mohan Rao, ‘The Pandemic as Population Check? The Dangerous Fallacies of Populationism,’ Economic and Political Weekly 56 no. 13 (2021), 17-21.

A. Sarcar, ‘Memories of Violence: Of Emotional Geographies and Planning in Post-Partition Delhi, 1948-62,’ South Asian Popular Culture 16, no. 2-3 (2018), 119–130.

Emma Thomas


E. Thomas, ‘“Contact” Embodied: German Colonialism, New Guinean Women, and the Everyday Exploitation of a Labor Force,’ Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 69 (Forthcoming, 2021).

Book Chapters

E. Thomas, ‘Rape, Indenture, and the Colonial Courts in German New Guinea’, in Hartmut Berghoff, Frank Biess, and Ulrike Strasserin (eds.) Explorations and Entanglements: Germans in Pacific Worlds from the Early Modern Period to World War I, (New York: Berghahn Books, 2019), 255-276.