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Synonyms for famine

Synonyms for famine

an acute insufficiency

a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death

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He also insists that we do not accept the bizarre gaps in the official memory of famines and the 'huge social, political, legal and scholarly silences around starvation.
This clarification will aid in highlighting what kinds of evidence we can pursue through the archaeological record to examine the deleterious consequences of famine conditions; it may also indicate how bioarchaeology as a discipline can provide unique insight into reconstructing historical famines.
These tourist photographs dedicated to personal genealogy and ancestral remembrance reverse a history of shame attached to the Famine and its refugees; at the same time the practice of posing beside these statues indicates a prevalent contemporary participation in the production of cultural memory.
On the basis of an analysis of data on disasters in A Chronological History of the Air, and of Its Effects on Animal and Vegetable Bodies (1749) by the Scottish-born medic Thomas Short, Malthus reckoned that the average interval between major famines in the past was "about 7.
It focused on premodern agrarian societies, where famines constituted 'normal exceptions' to every-day life.
Eating People Is Wrong, and Other Essays on Famine, Its Past, and Its Future
Several excellent books, such as Jasper Becker's Hungry Ghosts (1997), Frank Dikotter's Mao's Great Famine (2010), and Ralph Thaxton's Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China (2008), have explored the catastrophe from many angles, including the political decisions made by Beijing and local governments.
THE APPEARANCE of the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine in 2012 was quite appropriately regarded as a publication landmark, a triumph for Cork University Press and the editors: John Crowley, William J.
London, May 3 ( ANI ): Over a quarter of a million people, including young children died in a famine in Somalia between October 2010 and April 2012 because the international community did not act quick enough, according to a report commissioned by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network.
Nairobi, Jumada II 22, 1434, May 2, 2013, SPA -- The Somali famine of 2010-12 claimed about 260,000 lives, many of them children, dramatically increasing the tragedy's death toll, dpa quoted the United Nations humanitarian coordinator as announcing Thursday.
3) Ganson points to numerous famines that were created by the free-market policies of liberal capitalist states, and he provides a comparative analysis of the 1946-47 famine and the most devastating famines of the tsarist era.
Claiming to be 'the first major work to apply the critical perspectives of famine theory and postcolonial studies' to the Irish Famine, the book draws lessons from British policy in Ireland that Nally has, since publication, claimed should be applied to contemporary famines.
In this paper, we contend that famines are also caused by acts of state deviance and assert that the act of famine is a political act.
One of the largest historical famines (proportional to the affected population) was
Both victims and villains are covered in a fine survey of three famine experiences vastly separated by time and place but offering examples of how administrative and political incompetence have been as dangerous as crop failures.