The great Persian famine of 1870–71

  title={The great Persian famine of 1870–71},
  author={Shoko Okazaki},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={183 - 192}
  • Shoko Okazaki
  • Published 1 February 1986
  • Environmental Science
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The great famine of 1870–71 was arguably the most tragic event in the modern economic and social history of Persia. Over wide areas of the country almost no rain fell during the winter of 1869/70, and in the following year only the western and southern provinces were blessed with any precipitation. Many areas did not have a single drop of rain during that two-year period. Khurāsān, Isfahān, Yazd and Fārs were particularly hard hit by the drought. In many areas dry-farming crops were wiped out… 

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Extract, paragraphs 1 to 5 from a letter of the Political Resident

    P. 61 loc. cit. 52 ibid., 97. 53 ibid., 94. 54 ibid.; J. Talboys Wheeler, Memorandum on Persian affairs (Calcutta, 1871), 108 ; Herbert, ' Report on the Present State of Persia

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