Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis
El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World

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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.
 

About Mike Davis

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Mike Davis is the author of several books including 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.
 
Published June 17, 2002 by Verso. 475 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction

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Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño, Famines and the Making of the Third World Mike Davis Verso £20, pp464 Buy it at a discount at BOL Driven to insurrection by the drought of 1877, the native Kanak people of New Caledonia rose against their French colonists in a desperate and ultimately tragic r...

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Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World Mike Davis 464pp, Verso, £20 Buy it at a discount at BOL Recording the past can be a tricky business for historians.

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While this book will not have the impact of Davis's City of Quartz--a scathing indictment of L.A.'s environmental ravagement, economic disparity and racial divides--in a perfect world, it would.

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I have no hesitation in saying that in this way entire villages died out.” Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3 — Page 4

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“The looms of India and China were defeated not so much by market competition as they were forcibly dismantled by war, invasion, opium and a Lancashire-imposed system of one-way tariffs… from about 1780 or 1800 onwards, every serious attempt by a non-Western society to move over into a fast lane ...

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De Devoise concludes: “it appears that the American war contributed directly and indirectly to the loss of more than a million persons from a base population of about seven million”.” Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3 — Page 4

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‘The dearth,’ as The Nineteenth Century pointed out a few months later ‘was of money and of labour rather than of food’.” Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3 — Page 4

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If the venerated Free Market was working all along as its proponents claimed it would, there would never have been the extent of risk taken that brought us to the point where the government would have to print money to cover their failures - and that is an important - critical - point in the deba...

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The colonial and semicolonial countries still based their currencies on silver, so when demonetarized silver flooded the world market, the currencies of India and China were seriously depreciated, adding to the distress of these countries.

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