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Hunger and Famine in the Long Nineteenth Century (4vols)

ISBN 9780367187507
Published May 31, 2022 by Routledge
1597 Pages

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Book Description

In the age of empire, Victorians and Romantics over the long 19th century faced issues of governance that no other society had faced on such a massive level, causing socio-political questions that had to be addressed based on sheer necessity but little governmental experience. In an age in which there was a decade referred to as "the Hungry Forties," and in which the Great Famine in Ireland occurs as well, there are high rates of poverty across the whole century in Britain and its colonies. At the same time that hunger and famine were intractable issues, irresolvable across nineteenth-century Britain, socio-political entities had little stomach for solving the problem and few technocrats had economic answers based on real world experience. This four-volume collection of primary sources examine hunger and famine in Britain and its empire across the long nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: ‘Guttling and Guzzling’: The Immiseration of the Poor, or ‘Perish[ing] from the Table of Nature’ (1795-1840)

Volume 2: ‘King Starvation Reigns Supreme’: The Hungry Forties (1839-1850)

Volume 3: Malthusian Economics and the ‘Capacity for Evil’: The Poor, the Cotton Famine, and the Orissa Famine (1850-1870)

Volume 4: ‘Slaughter and "Scuttle"’: Trouble at Home and Abroad (1870-1914)

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Gail Turley Houston, Professor, British and Irish Literary Studies, University of New Mexico, USA