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

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Verso Books, 2001 - History - 470 pages
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“Eloquent and passionate, this is a veritable Black Book of liberal capitalism.”—Tariq Ali

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

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Davis does a really great job of challenging the ideas of benevolent British empiricism as he looks at the ways colonial policy inflamed casualty numbers of natural disasters and ultimately led to the ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
1
A Note on Definitions
17
The Great Drought 18761878
23
El Niño and the New Imperialism 18881902
117
Decyphering ENSO
211
The Political Ecology of Famine
277
Glossary
395
Notes
399
Index
459
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

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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