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Three famines

Author: Thomas Keneally
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Knopf, 2010.
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This is the story of three great famines. The first is 'an Gorta Mór', the great hunger of Ireland, which began in 1846 and whose end-date is a matter of debate. The second is the less well-known but more deadly famine that struck Bengal in 1943. The third is the Ethiopian famine, which first sprung up in lethal form in the 1970s under Emperor Haile Selassie and then again under the brutal dictator Mengistu in the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Keneally
ISBN: 9781741668551 1741668557
OCLC Number: 768482195
Notes: "In the Irish, Bengali and Ethopian famines, ideology, mindsets of governments, racial preconceptions and administrative incompetence were more lethal than the initiating blight, the loss of potatoes or rice or the grain named teff."--Cover.
Description: 324 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Democracy and starvation --
Short commons --
Nature's triggers --
God's hand --
Coping --
Villains: Ireland --
Villains and heroes: Bengal --
Villians: Ethiopia --
Whistleblowers --
Famine diseases --
Evictions, movements and emigration in Bengal and Ireland --
Evictions and movements, Mengistu-style --
Resistance --
Relief: Ireland --
Relief: Bengal --
Relief: Ethiopia --
Other catastrophes.
Responsibility: Tom Keneally.

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This is the story of three great famines. The first is 'an Gorta Mór', the great hunger of Ireland, which began in 1846 and whose end-date is a matter of debate. The second is the less well-known but more deadly famine that struck Bengal in 1943. The third is the Ethiopian famine, which first sprung up in lethal form in the 1970s under Emperor Haile Selassie and then again under the brutal dictator Mengistu in the 1980s. Tom Keneally shares these three shocking histories, and he presents a controversial theory in his utterly compelling narrative.

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