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.
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Author Biography - Tim Dyson
Tim Dyson is Professor of Population Studies at the London School of Economics. Educated in England and Canada, he has held Visiting Fellowships at the Australian National University in Canberra and the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai. In 1994-96 he was President of the British Society for Population Studies and in 1997 he addressed the Oxford Farming Conference. His main areas of research have been on the analysis of demographic time series, interactions between populations and their food supplies, and the past, present, and future population of the Indian subcontinent. He is currently working on an international project on the future of India, funded by the Wellcome Trust. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001. Cormac O Grada is Professor in the Department of Economics at University College, Dublin.