Magazine article The Wilson Quarterly

Too Much Testosterone? (Other Nations)

Magazine article The Wilson Quarterly

Too Much Testosterone? (Other Nations)

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"A Surplus of Men, A Deficit of Peace" by Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea Den Boer, in International Security (Spring 2002), MIT Press Journals, 5 Cambridge Center, 4th Fl., Cambridge, Mass. 02142-1493.

In medieval Portugal, only the firstborn Sons of noblemen could inherit land and property, depriving their younger brothers not only of wealth but any possibility of marriage. These solo "cadets" were a cause of turmoil at home and the fuel for Portugal's vigorous imperial expansion abroad. By the mid-16th century, almost 25 percent of Portugal's male nobles were dying in battle--which may not have entirely displeased Portugal's monarchs, who were trying to maintain stability at home.

Hudson, a political scientist at Brigham Young University, and Den Boer, a doctoral student at the University of Kent at Canterbury in Britain, fear there's a parallel between the Portuguese past and present day developments in China and India, where sex-determined abortions and female infanticide have produced an unnatural surplus of young men. China, with a total population of 1.3 billion, has 13 million more males than females in the 15-34 age group, while India, with a total population of one billion, has an oversupply of nearly 16 million. The surpluses will roughly double by 2020, Hudson and Den Boer project.

These unattached men pose at least as great a threat-- probably greater--to domestic tranquility as the Portuguese cadets did and increase the danger of international conflict. …

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