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Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World

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Examining a series of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human history.

Late Victorian Holocausts focuses on three zones of drought and subsequent famine: India, Northern China; and Northeastern Brazil. All were affected by the same global climatic factors that caused massive crop failures, and all experienced brutal famines that decimated local populations. But the effects of drought were magnified in each case because of singularly destructive policies promulgated by different ruling elites.

Davis argues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the Third World were sown in this era of High Imperialism, as the price for capitalist modernization was paid in the currency of millions of peasants’ lives.

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Examining a series of El Nio-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human history.

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"Eloquent and passionate, this is a veritable Black Book of liberal capitalism."--Tariq Ali

Synopsis:

Davis argues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the Third World were sown in this era of high imperialism, as the price for capitalist modernization was paid in the currency of millions of peasants' lives.

Synopsis:

Examining a series of El Nino-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Davis shows how the ruling elites helped produce some of the worst tragedies in human history. 15 photos. 8 maps.

About the Author

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.

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ISBN:
9781859843826
Author:
Davis, Mike
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Famines
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-8
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
470
Dimensions:
8.1 x 6 x 1.4 in 1.24 lb

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Product details 470 pages Verso - English 9781859843826 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Examining a series of El Nio-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human history.
"Synopsis" by , "Eloquent and passionate, this is a veritable Black Book of liberal capitalism."--Tariq Ali
"Synopsis" by , Davis argues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the Third World were sown in this era of high imperialism, as the price for capitalist modernization was paid in the currency of millions of peasants' lives.
"Synopsis" by , Examining a series of El Nino-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Davis shows how the ruling elites helped produce some of the worst tragedies in human history. 15 photos. 8 maps.
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