Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World (Google eBook)

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Verso Books, Jun 17, 2002 - History - 470 pages
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Examining aseries of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawnedaround the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davisdiscloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arroganceand natural incident that combined to produce some of the worsttragedies in human history.

Late Victorian Holocaustsfocuses on three zones of drought and subsequent famine: India,Northern China; and Northeastern Brazil. All were affected by the sameglobal climatic factors that caused massive crop failures, and allexperienced brutal famines that decimated local populations. But theeffects of drought were magnified in each case because of singularlydestructive policies promulgated by different ruling elites.

Davisargues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known asthe Third World were sown in this era of High Imperialism, as the pricefor capitalist modernization was paid in the currency of millions ofpeasants’ lives.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on Definitions
The Poor Eat Their Homes
Gunboats and Messiahs
El Niño and the New Imperialism 18881902
Skeletons at the Feast
Millenarian Revolutions
The Mystery of the Monsoons
Climates of Hunger
The Origins of the Third World
The Modernization of Poverty
Mandates Revoked
Race and Capital in the Nordeste
Glossary
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

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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