Making Famine History

@article{Grda2007MakingFH,
  title={Making Famine History},
  author={Cormac {\'O}. Gr{\'a}da},
  journal={Journal of Economic Literature},
  year={2007},
  volume={45},
  pages={5-38}
}
  • C. Gráda
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • Economics, History
  • Journal of Economic Literature
This paper reviews recent contributions to the economics and economic history of famine. It provides a context for the history of famine in the twentieth century, which is unique. During the century, war and totalitarianism produced more famine deaths than did overpopulation and economic backwardness; yet by its end, economic growth and medical technology had almost eliminated the threat of major famines. Today's high-profile famines are "small" by historical standards. Topics analyzed include… 

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