Three Famines

Three Famines

Tom Keneally Thomas Keneally / Apr 25, 2019

Three Famines In the Irish Bengali and Ethopian famines ideology mindsets of governments racial preconceptions and administrative incompetence were lethal than the initiating blight the loss of potatoes or ric

  • Title: Three Famines
  • Author: Tom Keneally Thomas Keneally
  • ISBN: 9781741668551
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the Irish, Bengali and Ethopian famines, ideology, mindsets of governments, racial preconceptions and administrative incompetence were lethal than the initiating blight, the loss of potatoes or rice or the grain named teff Dust cover.

    Three Famines by Tom Keneally The author studies three famines the Irish potato famine of the th century, the Bengal famine during World War II, and the Ethiopian famine of the s Ireland The Irish farmers were serfs to their English masters, and much of their harvest was taken away from them and shipped to England. Three Famines By Thomas Keneally Book Review Sep , THREE FAMINES Starvation and Politics By Thomas Keneally pp PublicAffairs . Johann Hari is a writer for The Independent of London and Slate. Book review Thomas Keneally s Three Famines Starvation In Three Famines Starvation and Politics, Thomas Keneally illuminates that famine victims are not suffering just because of drought or blight or cyclones, but because of their place in societies that do not value the importance of their way of life or their very lives In fact, Keneally predicts mass starvations with global warming, Famine Three Famines Audiobook by Thomas Keneally Audible This is the story of three terrible famines The first is an Gorta Mr, the great hunger of Ireland, which began in The second is the deadly famine that struck Bengal in . Causes of Famine in Africa The Borgen Project Three Famines by Tom Keneally OverDrive Rakuten A standout history told with Tom Keneally panache This is the story of three great famines The first is an Gorta Mr, the great hunger of Ireland, which began in and whose end date is a matter of debate The second is the less well known but deadly famine that struck Bengal in . Three Famines Starvation and Politics Thomas Keneally Three Famines Starvation and Politics Through the lens of three of the most devastating food crises in modern history the Grta Mor of British ruled Ireland, the great famine of British ruled Bengal in , and the string of famines that plagued Ethiopia during the s and s, Booker Prize winning author Thomas Keneally vividly evokes Three Famines Starvation and Politics by Thomas Keneally Three Famines Starvation and Politics by Thomas Keneally review It is sobering, then, to think that the deployment of convinced, virtuous intent and an intense belief in a providential deity, could be Terrible Famines In History Listverse Apr , Bengal Famine of With World War II raging and Japanese imperialism growing, Bengal lost their largest trading partner in Burma A majority of the food the Bengalis consumed was imported from Burma, but the Japanese suspended the trade In , Bengal was hit by a cyclone and three separate tidal waves.

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    1. Interesting look at the commonalities between 3 different famines, completely separate by place and time: the potato famine in Ireland in the mid-19th century, the Bengal famine in the 1940's, and the Ethiopian famines of the 1970's-80's.The upshot of this book is that famines are never caused exclusively by what you think they are, i.e. natural disaster (drought, flooding, pests, etc.). I think most of us know that, but this book is an examination of exactly what other forces conspire to make f [...]


    2. The author argues that bad weather, natural disasters, pests and crop failure are often not the main cause of famine. Other causes are: (1) harvests being stolen, (2) civil wars, (3) obstructions to transporting food from one part of the country to another, (4) hungry people lacking the money needed to buy the food, (5) relief aid being stolen by the army or government officials, and (6) government efforts to keep the famine secret. The author studies three famines: (1) the Irish potato famine o [...]


    3. Keneally output of books is truly amazing. In this one he takes his previous research of the Irish Famine, his experience in Ethiopia and added the Bengali 1943 famine to discuss common causes, villains, heroes and impacts. He makes a number of observations including that there is always enough food it is a matter of getting it to the right people - and it is the Government of the day which prevents this from happening. I would have liked Keneally's thoughts on the Bengali famines of the 1760s a [...]


    4. Hard to rate this one, as the subject matter is so wrenching and angers me so. There were times, for example, I had to just stop reading and get away for a bit. But Keneally's writing is typically excellent, and I enjoyed the parallel chapter structure, as well as the breakdown by cause/villain/relief/etc.



    5. An excellent book which I enjoyed as an audio book. Covering the Irish potato famine 🥔 🍀, the (mostly unknown) Bengal famine of WW2 and the famines of Ethiopia in the 1970s and 1980s it is a highly educational, yet harrowing read. Makes you feel grateful for everything the world has achieved, albeit we still have a long way to go in some places and for some people in terms of good security, peace, fair elections and freedom of speech. I can highly recommended, one of the books that has me [...]


    6. I was really looking forward to this one, and wanted to learn more about the topic. However, I found Keneally's very awkward prose style unbearable. I tried to soldier on for a while but it got to the point that I was getting distracted ("that's the fifth time he's begun a sentence with 'nor' in the past 3 pages!"), and I abandoned the effort.Additionally, while the parallel structure was an interesting idea, it didn't seem to bear out well in practice. Keneally would observe that there was such [...]


    7. A brief and sickening overview of three historical examples of famines - the Irish potato famine, the Bengalese famine during WWII, and the Ethiopian famines of the 1970s-80s.Compares and contrasts the three examples, with the physiological and psychological effects of famine, as well as the heroes and villains of each case - those who tried to get the word out, and those callous few who snubbed the starving people or ignored them completely. Amartya Sen's assertion that there has been no famine [...]


    8. "There is no end to politicians who pursue, at the cost of all compassion and paying the price of human flesh, their denials, dogmas and ideologies. In Ethiopia and in many food crises of the present and recent past, it is oppression, war and 'civic mayhem' that have been the main reasons for famine mortality."This book is rather confusingly organized and poorly written, and missing most citations that would give the author a lot more credibility, but still gives a good look at the politics of [...]


    9. Keaneally runs the narrative of three famines--the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, the 1940s Bengal Famine and the Ethiopian Famine of the 1970s in parallel under thematic chapters like "villains," "whistleblowers," "evictions and emigration" and "God's Hand (how each society believed their situation was diving wrath of some retributive nature)". This is simplistic, but effective, if you have never heard of the Durg or thought about India in WWII. Keneally is writing popular history requiring a lot o [...]


    10. Thomas Keneally is an australian writer and researcher, most famous for the story of Schindler's Ark (which achieved world wide fame as Schindler's list) has written a critically important analysis of three horrendous famines in human history (Irish, Bengal and Ethiopian). The book explores the ways famine is the same regardless of where and when it takes place and what role culture might play in making a famine distinct. It is a sobering and absorbing account of human misery and the role human [...]


    11. I was drawn to the book to learn more about Ireland's an Gorta Mor, but I most appreciated learning about the created famines in Ethiopia and Eritrea. I remember the images on TV when I was a kid, but they were subsumed in my pre-teen mind as equating Africa. As a youngster my ignorance could be excused, but Keneally, lays out what most of the world should have seen clearly: the poor were the victims of cold war politics, a stalinist styled dictator (Mengistu), and the compliance of Western aid [...]


    12. Keneally's observations about the role politics played/plays in famine are important. I only wish he had chosen a different structure for this book. Entwining discussion of three famines simultaneously leant an air of contrivance to the book. Structuring his argument sequentially, in my opinion, would have made for a much better book where the author's striving for transition and clever connection would distract less.


    13. While the book Three Famines was interesting and informative, I did wonder how Tom Keneally chose the famines he did, especially when the famine in India that lasted for much of the last quarter of the 19th century should have been mentioned. Not that I am saying the three chosen were not worthy of mention but that famine must have been devastating.


    14. A fascinating approach to history comparing and contrasting the natural and human-made causes of three catastrophic famines--Ireland in the 1840s, Bengal in the 1940s, and Ethiopia in the 1980s--and their horrific by-products. I've already read a good bit about the Irish famine but even found sone of Keneally said about it enlightening.


    15. An interesting read. Keneally sketches three famines and finds common threads between the three. This comparative analysis is the most interesting element of this exercise. It's a somewhat old fashioned objective overview. A sobering and worthwhile book.


    16. Hard going. An essay style book on an interesting yet sickening subject. Humans can be cruel and stupid, making similar mistakes over and over again.





    17. A highly readable examination of the political impact on three modern famine: the Irish potato famine of the 1840's, the Bengali famine of 1943, and the Ethiopian famines of the 1970's and 1980's.




    18. A good piece of journalism - adds insight to the famines in 19th C. Ireland, 20th Bengal, and Ethiopia, with all angles covered.


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