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Author Ó Gráda, Cormac.

Title Famine : a short history / Cormac Ó Gráda.

Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2009.

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 Moore Stacks  HC79.F3 O57 2009    Available  ---
Description xiii, 327 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-317) and index.
Contents List of figures and tables -- Acknowledgments -- I. The third horseman -- The ultimate check -- Time and place -- How common were famines in the past? -- Remembering famine -- II. The horrors of famine -- Crime -- Slavery -- Prostitution, infanticide, and child abandonment -- Cannibalism -- III. Prevention and coping -- Famine foods -- Country misers and calculating merchants -- Migration -- IV. Famine demography -- Hierarchies of suffering -- How many died? -- Gender and age -- Missing births -- What do people die of during famines? -- Long-term impacts -- V. Markets and famines -- Profiteers -- French Économistes and Adam Smith -- Markets and famines in practice -- Transport -- Conclusion -- VI. Entitlements : Bengal and beyond -- Bengal -- Food supply and market failure -- Winners and losers -- Conclusion -- VII. Public and private action -- Feeding the starving -- Means of relief -- Corruption -- NGOs and the globalization of relief -- Famine relief as state aid -- VIII. The "violence of government" -- War by another means -- The USSR -- The Chinese famine of 1959-61 -- Ethiopia and North Korea -- IX. An end to famine? -- Agricultural trends -- Climate and desertification -- Where backwardness persists -- A stitch in time -- References -- Index.
Summary "Ó Gráda explores the causes and profound consequences of famine over the past five millennia ... He enriches our understanding of the most crucial and far-reaching aspects of famine; how food markets can mitigate famine or make it worse; famine's long-term demographic consequences; and the successes or failures of globalized disaster relief. Ó Gráda demonstrates the central role famine has played in the economic and political histories of places"--Publisher description.
Subject Famines -- History.
Food supply -- History.
ISBN 9780691122373 (acid-free paper)
0691122377 (acid-free paper)