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


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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 ...

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Tadit A

Oct 31, 2017

An amazing high level piece of scholarship

This is a very competent coverage of economic history, imperialist plundering, meteorological trends, and a detailing of inhumanity for corporate profit, comparable in some sense to the institutionalization of African Slavery in the nominal west. In effect a compiling of evidence of how "Eastern" countries were plundered by western corporate profits without a moral compass. The result being the creation of what is now dismissed as "Third World Countries."

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