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Late Victorian Holocausts

El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World

Auteur: Mike Davis
Uitgever: Verso
  • Engelstalig
  • 464 pagina's
  • illustrated edition
  • 9781859847398
  • januari 2001
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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, 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.


Davis has given us a book of substantial contemporary relevance as well as great historical interest. -- Amartya Sen, New York Times A masterly account of climactic, economic and colonial history. - New Scientist Generations of historians largely ignored the implications [of the great famines of the nineteenth century] and until recently dismissed them as 'climactic accidents'... Late Victorian Holocausts proves them wrong. - LA Times Best Books of 2001 David, a brilliant, maverick scholar, sets the triumph of late-nineteenth-century Western imperialism in the context of the catastrophic El Nino weather patterns at that time ... This is groundbreaking, mind-stretching stuff. - The Independent Wide Ranging and compelling ... a remarkable achievement. - Times Literary Supplement


Mike Davis
38x210x165 mm
900,00 gram
januari 2001

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