Three Famines: Ireland, Bengal, and Ethiopia: Starvation and Politics (Hardback)
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Short Description for Three Famines Tells the story of three great famines: the great hunger of Ireland, which began in 1846 and whose end-date is a matter of debate, the famine in Bengal in 1943, and the Ethiopian famine, which first sprung up in lethal form in the 1970s under Emperor Haile Selassie and then again under the brutal dictator Mengistu in the 1980s.
- Published: 15 September 2011
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781610390651 ISBN 10: 1610390652
- Sales rank: 233,266
Full description for Three Famines
Famine may be triggered by nature but its outcome arises from politics and ideology. In Three Famines, award-winning author Thomas Keneally uncovers the troubling truth--that sustained widespread hunger is historically the outcome of government neglect and individual venality. Through the lens of three of the most disastrous famines in modern history--the potato famine in Ireland, the famine in Bengal in 1943, and the string of famines that plagued Ethiopia in the 1970s and 1980s-- Keneally shows how ideology, mindsets of governments, racial preconceptions, and administrative incompetence were, ultimately, more lethal than the initiating blights or crop failures. In this compelling narrative, Keneally recounts the histories of these events while vividly evoking the terrible cost of famine at the level of the individual who starves and the nation that withers.