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Famines in European Economic History

The Last Great European Famines Reconsidered

Edited by Declan Curran, Lubomyr Luciuk, Andrew Newby

Routledge – 2012 – 224 pages

Series: Routledge Explorations in Economic History

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Description

This volume re-evaluates economic and geographical aspects of famine in European history, though a comparative study of the Irish Famine 1845-1848, the Finnish Famine (1868) and the Ukraine Famine (Holodomor) of 1932-33.

In each case, the book explores:

  1. An empirical overview of the pre-and post-famine economic, social, and demographic factors at a national scale.
  2. A spatial analysis of regional disparities (e.g. urban/rural) in how the famine catastrophe unfolded in each country and the subsequent long run development of the famine-struck regions, in terms of population dynamics, literacy and education, and economic development.
  3. A political geography discussion of how the peripheral location and/or peripheral political status of each country played a role in shaping the government’s response, as well as its role in exacerbating the immediate famine and its aftermath.

This contributed volume posits that the peripheral political and geographical status of a nation can manifest itself in both exacerbating the immediate famine shock and shaping a given nation’s post-famine development. The volume advocates that the impact and long term consequences of famine for a nation should be understood not in isolation, but in the context a nation’s relations with neighbouring states. Furthermore, regional structures within a given nation can lead to an unevenness in both the severity of the immediate famine crisis and the post-famine recovery.

Contents

Introduction Section One: The Irish Famine 1: Irish Economic Climate Before and After the Famine 2: Regional Disparities arising from the Irish Famine 3: The Role of Political and Geographic Peripherality in the Irish Famine Section Two: The Finnish Famine (CHAPTERS TBC) Section Three: The Ukrainian Famine (CHAPTERS TBC) Conclusion

Author Bio

Declan Curran is a lecturer in the Business School at Dublin City University, Ireland

Lubomyr Luciuk is a Fellow of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto and Royal Military College of Canada

Andrew Newby is professor in European Area and Cultural Studies in the Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

Name: Famines in European Economic History: The Last Great European Famines Reconsidered (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Declan Curran, Lubomyr Luciuk, Andrew Newby. This volume re-evaluates economic and geographical aspects of famine in European history, though a comparative study of the Irish Famine 1845-1848, the Finnish Famine (1868) and the Ukraine Famine (Holodomor) of 1932-33. In each case, the book...
Categories: Economic History, European History, Economic Geography, Microeconomics, Modern History 1750-1945, Rural Studies, Regional Geography - Human Geography, Economics, European Studies