Famine Demography: Perspectives from the Past and Present

Hardcover | April 1, 2002

EditorTim Dyson, Cormac O Grada

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This book deals with the important subject of famine demography. It contains case studies of the demography of historical and more recent famines in locations as far apart as Ireland, Finland, India, Burundi, Russia, Greece, Madagascar, and Japan. The authors address issues such as the role offamines in controlling population growth in the past, the nature of interactions between starvation and epidemic diseases during times of famine, and the detailed demographic consequences of famines. In the latter category issues such as the age and cause-specific profiles of excess famine mortalityreceive particular attention. Famine Demography illustrates how the demographic impacts of famines can vary according, for example, to the nature of the famine causation process and the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the populations which are affected. The nature and basis of sex differentials in faminemortality are a recurring theme of the book, as are the implications for human fertility and migration.This is the only comparative volume of its kind. It is wide-ranging in time and place, but at the same time focuses sharply on a particular subject. Consequently its contents provide a unique understanding of famine demography, which should be of interest to academics and practitioners involved inlimiting the consequences of famines.

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This book deals with the important subject of famine demography. It contains case studies of the demography of historical and more recent famines in locations as far apart as Ireland, Finland, India, Burundi, Russia, Greece, Madagascar, and Japan. The authors address issues such as the role offamines in controlling population growth in...

Tim Dyson is Professor of Population Studies at the London School of Economics. Educated in England and Canada, he has held Visiting Fellowships at the Australian National University in Canberra and the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai. In 1994-96 he was President of the British Society for Population Studies ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Tim Dyson and Cormac O Grada: Introduction2. Joel Mokyr and Cormac O Grada: Famine disease and famine mortality: lessons from the Irish experience, 1845-503. Timothy W. Guinnane and Cormac O Grada: The workhouses and Irish famine mortality4. Kari Pitkanen: Famine mortality in nineteenth century Finland: is there a sex bias?5. Tim Dyson: Famine in Berar, 1896-97 and 1899-1900: echoes and chain reactions6. Arup Maharatna: Famines and epidemics: an Indian historical perspective7. Christian Thibon: Famine yesterday and today in Burundi8. Serguei Adamets: Famine in nineteenth and twentieth century Russia: mortality by age, cause and gender9. Violetta Hionidou: 'Send us food or coffins': the 1942-42 famine on the Aegean island of Syros10. Michel Garenne, Dominique Waltisperger, Pierre Cantrelle, and Osee Ralijoana: The demographic impact of a mild famine in an African city: the case of Antananarivo, 1985-8711. Osamu Saito: The frequency of famines as demographic correctives in the Japanese past12. Kate Macintyre: Famine and the female mortality advantage