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HIST 4254 Century of Famine: Nineteenth Century Social Crisis (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The nineteenth century is often conceptualized as a century of progress, both technological and social. The cost of that progress is less often explored. This course traces the relationship between the rapid economic development of an Industrial and Imperial Europe and the crisis of survival faced by many rural societies. Particular subjects of inquiry include the relationship between globalization and food security, trans-Atlantic ecological exchange, demographic and agricultural interactions, and the social and political consequences of famine. The first half will cover the Great Irish Famine of 1845-51; the second half will explore famine in China, India, and Brazil.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kevin O'Neill

Prerequisites: History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 09-Feb-17