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Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World
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Publisher Verso Books
Publication date October 4, 2016
Pages 474
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781784786625
ISBN-10 1784786624
Original list price $24.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Bestselling, magisterial melding of global environmental history and global political history. Winner of the World History Association Book Award.

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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Reprint edition from Verso Books (October 4, 2016); titled "Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World"
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