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 of famines 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 mortality receive 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 famine mortality 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 in limiting the consequences of famines.
1: Tim Dyson and Cormac Ó Gráda: Introduction
2: Joel Mokyr and Cormac Ó Gráda: Famine disease and famine mortality: lessons from the Irish experience, 1845-50
3: Timothy W. Guinnane and Cormac Ó Gráda: The workhouses and Irish famine mortality
4: Kari Pitkänen: 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 reactions
6: Arup Maharatna: Famines and epidemics: an Indian historical perspective
7: Christian Thibon: Famine yesterday and today in Burundi
8: Serguei Adamets: Famine in nineteenth and twentieth century Russia: mortality by age, cause and gender
9: Violetta Hionidou: 'Send us food or coffins': the 1942-42 famine on the Aegean island of Syros
10: Michel Garenne, Dominique Waltisperger, Pierre Cantrelle, and Osée Ralijoana: The demographic impact of a mild famine in an African city: the case of Antananarivo, 1985-87
11: Osamu Saito: The frequency of famines as demographic correctives in the Japanese past
12: Kate Macintyre: Famine and the female mortality advantage
Series: International Studies in Demography
Number Of Pages: 295
Published: 1st June 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.44