Famines in European Economic History
The Last Great European Famines Reconsidered
Edited by Declan Curran, Lubomyr Luciuk, Andrew Newby
Routledge – 2012 – 224 pages
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:
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.
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
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