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The demography of Indian famines : a historical perspective

  title={The demography of Indian famines : a historical perspective},
  author={Arup Maharatna},
This is a study of demographic responses to Indian famines in a historical perspective. During the closing decades of the nineteenth and in the early twentieth centuries four major famines occurred in the Indian subcontinent. These famines - precipitated by droughts - involved large-scale excess mortality. After the early twentieth century India was relatively free of major famine until a severe famine, affecting mainly the eastern province of Bengal, occurred in 1943-44 largely because of the… 

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  • History, Economics
    Journal of Eurasian Inquiries / Avrasya İncelemeleri Dergisi
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  • G. Stone
  • History
    The Geographical Journal
  • 2019
Correspondence Glenn Davis Stone Email: stone@wustl.edu The Green Revolution continues to be a touchstone in debates on food production. Accounts generally cite “high‐yielding” dwarf wheat and rice

Effect of population density on epidemics



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  • I. Klein
  • History
    The Indian economic and social history review
  • 1984
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  • Economics
    The Journal of Asian Studies
  • 1988
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  • Economics
    Nutrition and health
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