Three Famines: Starvation and Politics

Three Famines: Starvation and Politics

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by Thomas Keneally
     
 


Famine may be triggered by nature but its outcome arises from politics and ideology. In Three Famines, award-winning author Thomas Keneally uncovers the troubling truth—that sustained widespread hunger is historically the outcome of government neglect and individual venality. Through the lens of three of the most disastrous famines in modernSee more details below

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Famine may be triggered by nature but its outcome arises from politics and ideology. In Three Famines, award-winning author Thomas Keneally uncovers the troubling truth—that sustained widespread hunger is historically the outcome of government neglect and individual venality. Through the lens of three of the most disastrous famines in modern history—the potato famine in Ireland, the famine in Bengal in 1943, and the string of famines that plagued Ethiopia in the 1970s and 1980s— Keneally shows how ideology, mindsets of governments, racial preconceptions, and administrative incompetence were, ultimately, more lethal than the initiating blights or crop failures.

In this compelling narrative, Keneally recounts the histories of these events while vividly evoking the terrible cost of famine at the level of the individual who starves and the nation that withers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610390651
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

Maps of the regions ix

Introduction: the Three Famines 1

1 Democracy and Starvation 7

2 Short Commons 17

3 Nature s Triggers 23

4 God's Hand 31

5 Coping 35

6 Villains: Ireland 61

7 Villains and Heroes: Bengal 75

8 Villains: Ethiopia 101

9 Whistleblowers 127

10 Famine Diseases 143

11 Evictions, Movements and Emigration in Bengal and Ireland 157

12 Evictions and Movements, Mengistu-style 183

13 Resistance 203

14 Relief: Ireland 223

15 Relief: Bengal 247

16 Relief: Ethiopia 263

17 Other Catastrophes 285

Bibliography 303

Index 309

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