Why Do India And China Have So Many People?

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India and China have so many people today because they’re good for farming and big, but they’ve always been that way, so they’ve actually had a huge proportion of Earth’s people for thousands of years.

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References:

Eraly, A., Khan, Y., Michell, G. & Saran, M. 2008. India. DK Publishing, New York.

Gidwani, V.K., April 2017, personal communication.

Goldewijk, K.K., Beusen, A., & Janssen, P. 2010. Long-term dynamic modeling of global population and built-up area in a spatially explicit way: HYDE 3.1. The Holocene, 20(4), 565-573.

Goldewijk, K.K., Arthur Beusen, Jonathan Doelman, and Elke Stehfest. “New anthropogenic land use estimates for the Holocene; HYDE 3.2.” Unpublished manuscript.

Goldewijk, K.K., April 2017, personal communication.

Maddison, A. 2006. The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective. OECD.

Roberts, E., March 2017, personal communication.

Ruggles, S., March 2017, personal communication.

Stearns, P. N. (Ed.). 2001. The encyclopedia of world history: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, chronologically arranged. Houghton Mifflin. Chicago.

Thanks also to Deepak Ray, Jamie Gerber, Emily Cassidy, and Ryan Loomis.