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Uma hist ria que nunca havia lido em outros livros, pelo que lembro, pelo menos Mike Davis conta um pouco do que aconteceu no terceiro mundo pelo menos na poca enquanto a coloniza o inglesa avan ava O livro traz uma discuss o grande sobre o que acontece quando Governos e economia se fortalecendo entram em conflito com subsist ncia e quem n o interessante para economia ou votos Com direito a uma passagem pelo Nordeste brasileiro no fim do s culo XIX.Estou bem acostumado com a narrativa do capitalismo trazendo a prosperidade de The Wizard and the Prophet Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow s World aO otimista racional Por que o mundo melhora , mas nunca tinha lido sobre o que pode dar errado Quando o capitalismo traz fome At ver o que acontece quando a Inglaterra estende vias de com rcio e linhas de trem para a ndia e ingleses podem pagar mais pelo trigo do que os indianos S ingleses comem e a ndia passar por uma Fome enorme. Though I agree with other reviewers that Davis is at his best when discussing India, the sections on Brazil, China, and numerous other places to which he pays insufficient attention, truly are generally informative Perhaps it s fair to say that he establishes his argument on the basis of the British genocides in India, and then produces schematic outlines of varying depths for the imperial genocides in China, Brazil, Egypt, the Sudan, Ethiopia, the Philippines, and so on That slight flaw noted, this text has very high quality fine documentation and a well reasoned, committed perspective Overall, this text is probably the first step in rationally countering the trash that is The Black Book of Communism call this chapter one of The Black Book of Capitalism perhaps Blum s Killing Hope can be chapter 2 and, yes, there is in fact a Black Book of Capitalism in German, which is actually about capitalism I am unaware of any translation yet to English no surprise there Some reviewers have pooh poohed the text on the basis that it sets up typical marxist hierarchies of villainy in its attempt to define famines as political events This complaint is of course a straw man though proper marxists will point out that there is a politics to everything including the weather it is unlikely that marxism traditionally attempts to blame someone for everything.Some have also carped against the text for suggesting simply that some deadly virus of capitalism infected China, resulting in the famines there In fact, Davis reading of the Manchu Qing dynasty and its policies is much nuanced than that, and considers a host of issues including ENSO, the Taiping and other rebellions, surely the Opium Wars, the catastrophic shift of the Yellow River in 1855, and numerous others including indigenous Chinese corruption, and, yes, some of the familiar brutalities of the capitalist system Critics tend likewise to have a dismissive attitude toward Davis thesis regarding the integration of India, China, and Brazil into the world capitalist system not a useful intellectual response to a serious historical debate I for one would appreciate an actual refutation, by means of proofs that the genocides indeed were not caused, exacerbated, or otherwise enabled by British capitalism imperialism Instead, for the moment, all the rightwing offers is two cheers for colonialism, like a pack of dirtbag fascists.Critics have otherwise attempted to critique Davis on the basis of a perceived turn in his analysis of the big 20th century famines, under Stalin and Mao, which are said to be unrelated to ENSO, both in fact and in Davis Such statements are fairly dishonest and perplexing Davis does in fact make a case for such developments continuing into the 20th century and he does in fact further consider, briefly albeit, both the Ukranian and Chinese famines mentioned above Though his treatment overall of Russia is one of the most schematic in the text, he does note that the Volga basin seems to feature a correlation of ENSO to drought famine, and over records the 1930 El Nino as correlated to the 1931 drought crisis 269 This undoubtedly does not explain the fullness of the Ukranian famine, but it certainly will contribute to an explanation that otherwise focuses on Stalinist criminality and commie bungling The same goes for the Maoist case, where Davis correlates the famines associated with the Great Leap Forward very specifically to ENSO, an argument certainly to be ignored by unreconstructed Cold Warriors and crypto mccarthyites 248 251 One of the most assinine criticism of the text from the rightwing regards Davis thesis that the maoist famine was attributable to the inability of the countryside to communicate effectively with the bureaucracy, the purported lack of socialist democracy, which is summarily dismissed as a fantasy It is incredibly obtusely dishonest to make this kind of criticism Davis does attempt to explain the Chinese famine as a result of a complex of factors, including human decisions, meteorology, and the weight of the aggregate of history the suggestion that Chiang, a victorious Japanese invasion, or an outright US occupation of China would ve performed better is quite simply laughable, given the circumstances Also, critics respond to Davis by heaping adoration on Robert Conquest and western Cold War Sovietologists these folks would have us believe that, say, Stalin killed 50 million people in the USSR, but still managed to defeat the Nazis, losing 20 million in the process such claims make little sense indeed, the only people who accept Conquest s exaggerations are pathological anti communists who don t need any evidence at all for anything The anti communist will further criticize Davis by suggesting that the lack of socialist democracy in China is axiomatic, sniping that socialist democracy has never existed This or less vapid point is both puerile and a red herring, evading Davis thesis which was that the lack of two way communication between Beijing and the Chinese peasant allowed for the true extent of the famine to remain releatively unknown to the state planners The rightwing response is of course that the maoists wanted the peasants to die off which is about as plausible as Bush wanting to blow up Manhattan but, what the hell, they re evil commies It is likewise disingenuous, as any attempts to pair a socialist economy with a political democracy have been destroyed by the Western powers consider the destruction of Allende s regime in Chile 1973 , to take the most famous example, the sabotage of the Vietnamese general elections in 1955, the low intensity warfare carried out against any number of regimes in Latin America or Africa Nicaragua Angola , resulting in their degeneration and destruction, and the crushing of dozens of movements that struggled against autocratic capitalist regimes all over the world El Salvador South Africa Philippines Indonesia everywhere in the Middle East all crimes committed by the US precisely to destroy any potential socialist democracy from coming into existence and thereby providing a model of development that counters western militarism and economic hegemony, i.e., the friendly fascism of the US and its allies.Very highly recommended Would be perfect if the rigor of the Indian sections were carried through to the rest including the 20th century items aforesaid. [Free Pdf] ⚖ Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World ⚔ Examining A Series Of El Ni O Induced Droughts And The Famines That They Spawned Around The Globe In The Last Third Of The Th Century, Mike Davis Discloses The Intimate, Baleful Relationship Between Imperial Arrogance And Natural Incident That Combined To Produce Some Of The Worst Tragedies In Human History Late Victorian Holocausts Focuses On Three Zones Of Drought And Subsequent Famine India, Northern China And Northeastern Brazil All Were Affected By The Same Global Climatic Factors That Caused Massive Crop Failures, And All Experienced Brutal Famines That Decimated Local Populations But The Effects Of Drought Were Magnified In Each Case Because Of Singularly Destructive Policies Promulgated By Different Ruling Elites Davis Argues That The Seeds Of Underdevelopment In What Later Became Known As The Third World Were Sown In This Era Of High Imperialism, As The Price For Capitalist Modernization Was Paid In The Currency Of Millions Of Peasants Lives This book is devastating and beautiful Davis explains world wide mass famines as not just acts of God, but as political decisions made by colonialists who did not see the starving people as humans This is an excellent companion to books like Orientalism and recently Hickel s The Divide and How to hide an empire poverty in developing countries has a lot to do with the actions of the developed world than their own actions. One of the most depressing books I ve ever read highly recommended. The Brilliant What Liberals don t tell you, i.e History 101 of the modern world Liberalism and Imperialism, 2 sides of the same coin On one side, the winners bask in their spoils on the other side, the losers wallow in desecration This book is not meant to simply cross to the other side and pick through the bones it is meant to rebuild historical context Why Liberal propaganda relies on illiteracy and mutilation of any remnants of history, where Imperialism is unnamed, ambiguous, and carefully reframed as free market competition, natural and even progressive Heck, if we drop the politically correct facade, the message is clear the West was burdened by the enlightened task of bringing civilization to the backward, colored continents Next, Liberals proclaim Socialism is baaaad, because millions died in those countries, just compare it with Capitalist countries, end of story We might as well proclaim the world to be flat, just open your eyes, end of story Left unsaid if we are comparing countries, where is the starting point It turns out the starting point for Socialist countries is 20th century revolutions, in countries used as mules to accumulate wealth for guess who the Capitalist countries What a coincidence We can let Michael Parenti take it from here to the book, some highlights Non capitalist civilizations of China and India were leaders in traded goods and were overtaken by violent conquest instead of free market competition The book s last quarter maps out British imperialism, where British free trade policy eventually led to second rate technology compared to American and German tariff protected state subsidized innovations Thus, imperialism of India and China kept the British Empire going during the Late Victorian era and indirectly subsidized American German industrialization Tens of millions died of famines during the Late Victorian era 1876 1902 Are we to believe the ancient civilizations of China and India are destined for overpopulation and starvation Davis details the political nature of mass famines China and India had numerous adaptations price control, grain surplus granaries redistribution mechanisms, hydraulic infrastructure to handle floods irrigation but these all collapsed as British imperialism forced both countries to become cheap exporters for the British world market Mass famine resulted not from absolute food scarcity, but from high food prices of laissez faire market, as State famine relief and ecological regulation were demolished The dispossessed died next to railroads that shipped food away for export Profit over people Details of China and India s prior famine relief infrastructure were fascinating While European peasants had no guarantee of subsistence as a human right during Europe s Liberal Age of Reason , French Physiocrats marveled at China s mobilization for famine relief Never believe there is no alternative If the history of British rule in India were to be condensed into a single fact, it is this there was no increase in India s per capita income from 1757 to 1947 Still have a gap for the famines of Mao Stalin to be explored After that, this ties in nicely with Vijay Prashad s The Darker Nations A People s History of the Third World 20th century and Christian Parenti s Tropic of Chaos Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence 21st century The Bad We must commend such an ambitious endeavor I do wonder about parts of the book s organization, i.e whether a consistent structure throughout the book would alleviate the bombardment of facts dates numbers Much of the climatology details went over my head, but the bits I got were worth it. In the late 19th century, in the years 1876 79, 1889 91 and 1896 1902, severe drought and famines lashed across Asia, Africa, and South America An estimated 12 29 million people died in India, 20 30 million in China, 2 million in Brazil and about one third of the population in Ethiopia and Sudan Apart from this, drought and famine were reported to have severely affected people in Java, Phillippines, New Caledonia, Korea, southern Africa and the Maghreb In India, nearly half of all the deaths occurred in Madras As I read the book, I was shocked that I, who grew up and went to high school and University in Madras, had never been aware of this part of our history till I came across this book now No history book in all my years of education in Madras even mentioned anything about this I thought that this is one instance of independent India s callous attitude in the way they teach us our history However, author Mike Davis says that these great famines are the missing pages from every Victorian era chronicle as well The Irish potato famine of 1845 49 and the Russian famine of 1891 92 are well documented but not the late Victorian era famines in India Davis estimates that between 32 and 61 million people died from these famines in China, India, Egypt, and Brazil The research in this book shows that all the drought had an origin in the El Ni o Southern Oscillation ENSO phenomenon as a climatic cause Rapid warming of the eastern Pacific called El Ni o events is associated with a weak monsoon and synchronous drought in vast parts of Asia, Africa, and north eastern South America When the eastern Pacific is unusually cool, the pattern reverses called La Ni a events , and abnormal precipitation and flooding occur in the same region The extraordinary droughts of 1876, 1896 97, 1899 1900 and 1902 correlate firmly with El Ni o events However, Nature causes only droughts Man and society cause famines and the vast number of deaths.In the author s research, the chief culprits of this holocaust were the European imperialist empires, with Japan and the US playing smaller, but similar roles He lays the blame on the forced imposition of free market economics on their colonies, the destruction, and decline of indigenous irrigation, methods of colonial revenue settlements and the new Gold Standard as contributing to the famines in these times Imperialism also saw each drought as an opportunity to grab land Lord Carnarvon used the 1877 southern African drought to strike against the Zulus, Francesco Crispi advanced Italian interests in the Horn of Africa during the 1889 91 Ethiopian famine, Wilhelmine Germany exploited the floods and drought in Shandong in the 1890s to expand Germany s hold in northern China and the US crushed Emilio Aguinaldo s Phillippines Republic using famine drought in the same period Japan preyed upon a weakened Korea in the famines of 1876 and exacted favorable terms in its rice trade which resulted in the export of rice from Korea to Japan even as Korea was reeling under drought and famine In India, the British administration exploited starvation in Madras to recruit huge armies of hungry, indentured coolies They hired over 480000 from Madras alone, in 1876 79 for semi slave labor on British plantations in Ceylon, Mauritius, Guyana, and Natal Similar migrations happened in 1896 97 also At the same time, after installing the railroad, the British created national level grain markets in India The unitary market caused price inflation to the rural poor in grain surplus districts The perverse consequence of this was the export of food grains from famine stricken areas to prosperous markets by rail and the import of famine to the rural poor Added to this was the British Raj s punitive taxation of irrigation, agriculture, and neglect of traditional wells and reservoirs Author Mike Davis contrasts this with the earlier Moghul administration The British routinely castigated the Moghul rulers as despots and called Moghul India as full of depravity Davis says that Moghul India till the 1770s was mostly free of famines In pre British India, markets were caste based and local, and the road infrastructure was inadequate These caused transport bottlenecks and made it difficult for the state to intervene too much in peasant life As a result, village level food reserves were substantial, patrimonial welfare widespread and grain prices in surplus areas were better insulated against speculation The author writes that recent research by Ashok Desai shows that the average standard of food consumption in emperor Akbar s empire was appreciably higher than the India of 1960s The Moghul state regarded the protection of the peasant as an essential obligation Akbar, Shahjehan, and Aurangzeb relied on four fundamental policies embargoes on food exports, anti speculative price regulation, tax relief and distribution of free food without a forced labor counterpart The Famine Commission report of 1880 cites Aurangzeb s extraordinary relief campaign during the drought famine of 1661 It says that Emperor Aurangzeb opened his treasury and granted money without stint He gave every encouragement to the import of corn and either sold it at reduced prices or distributed it gratuitously among those who were too impoverished to pay He acknowledged the need for remitting the rents of cultivators and relieving them temporarily of taxes His strenuous efforts were credited to have saved millions of lives So, are we to think that pre British India was free of hunger and famines Are self contained village communities the solution for India, just as Mahatma Gandhi wanted Should we opt for a patrimonial monarchy instead of a democratic republic It is easy for Indians to be carried away by all this indictment of the British and start believing in such a romantic notion Mike Davis even encourages such an idea by quoting the Hungarian American political economist Karl Polanyi s work of 1944 approvingly as follows the actual source of famines in the last fifty years was the free marketing of grain combined with local failure of incomes Indians died because the Indian village community was destroyed in favor of market capitalism by the British The book also documents how the railroad infrastructure was used to export grains for profit away from famine stricken villages Grains went to Britain in search of higher profits, especially during famines It is important to remember that transport infrastructure enables access to larger markets by rural producers Such access allows them to better their material life during good times in a way that helps them save up for leaner times The problem was not the railways or roads or even the markets It was the way these were used by the ruling British dictatorship detrimentally If we look at the same region today, in Tamilnadu and Kerala, there is an integrated road and rail network, but coupled with democracy and political and economic freedoms These two states also happen to be the two with high Human Development Indexes in India today In this context, it is crucial to precisely understand what Prof Amartya Sen had said about famines and democracy Mostly, we attribute the saying Famines do not occur in democracies to him I think this is somewhat misquoted and out of context It is true that India has not had a famine since independence and democracy in 1947 However, that does not mean that democracy solves the problem of hunger and starvation automatically India still has farmers committing suicides in their thousands due to the burden of debt and poverty Democracy needs to be combined not only with political and economic freedoms but equal economic opportunities as well Employment and welfare measures must be given to support the bottom rung of society so that they can get a leg up in fighting hunger and malnutrition Indian democracy forces the ruling elite in preventing outlier events like famines However, it does not force them to act with alacrity in combating hunger and malnutrition in a similar vein Unless we banish hunger, we cannot rest on the laurels of democracy and famines cannot co exist Mike Davis book is a scholarly work, with much scientific discussion on the ENSO phenomenon and a lot of meticulously researched data on colonial history and its effects on countries like India and China It draws on diverse disciplines like history, political economy, meteorological science, and the environment In this review, I have mostly focused on the Indian experience of the late Victorian famines The book, however, has chapters devoted to the Chinese and the African experience as well A Marxian view of history inspires the author s outlook It is evident in his passionate language in support of the third world and the denunciation of High Imperialism The book endeavors to show that imperial policies towards starving subjects were the exact equivalents of bombs dropped from 18000 feet in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Dresden A veritable Black Book of liberal capitalism as Tariq Ali has eloquently endorsed it. explains how the Victorian Empire created the Third World, using mass starvation as a tool Empire laid bareThrough my ratings, reviews and edits I m providing intellectual property and labor to.com Inc., listed on Nasdaq, which fully owns Goodreads.com and in 2013 posted revenues for 74 billion and 274 million profits Intellectual property and labor require compensation.com Inc is also requested to provide assurance that its employees and contractors work conditions meet the highest health and safety standards at all the company s sites.Mike Davis attacks the reader with a firestorm of brutal epiphanies, and even if you re not so smart, or have a degree in economics, you get to grasp the idea But after discharging his bombs, as in an air strike, the Red Baron veers off, leaving you on the ground, lost amidst smoke and debris There s no conclusion to the sequence of blows, no further readings, no wrapping up.The book trains the reader in the unpleasant discipline of Empire Pattern Recognition EPR , and implicitly, after 400 pages spent analysing the most extreme examples of nation states exploiting other nations and their peoples, the reader is expected to continue by themselves, moving from India, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil between the 1870s and 1900s, to any place in the present day Do not think not even for a second that the holocausts are over Millions died of hunger because of market ideology in bad faith under Queen Victoria, millions continue to die from market ideology in bad faith today What resistence is possible The book s main lesson is that empire first and foremost reengineers societies to make them vulnerable to volatility of climate, purchasing power, health conditions Any attempt at dismantling those institutions that for a given society represent solidarity, i.e security of livelihood for all, has to be counteracted.The perfect companion to Polanyi s The Great Transformation The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. It is the burden of this book to show that imperial policies toward starving subjects were often the exact moral equivalents of bombs dropped from 18,000 feet The contemporary photographs used in this book are thus intended as accusations not illustrations.This book helps to put looming climate catastrophe in perspective The apocalypse has already happened, many times over, and we re hardly even aware of the fact When you consider that a combination of European imperial policies and extreme climate disturbances in the late 19th century led to tens of millions of deaths from famine and the system of global stratification that is still with us , and that then inter European imperial rivalry led to a world war in 1914, which, unresolved, would lead to another world war in 1939, and that another 60 million or so would die in these warsThe 1878 80 Famine Commission statistics revealed a surprisingly perverse relationship between modernization and mortality that challenged the British belief in life saving railroads and markets In both the Bombay and Madras Deccan, as Digby pointed out in an acerbic commentary, the population decreased rapidly where the districts were served by railways 23% than where there were no railways 21% This is a protection against famine entirely in the wrong direction pp 111 Overall an extremely depressing book, but then there is this inspiring moment Indeed, Hyndman s feisty little Marxist party, the Social Democratic Federation, was the only British political organization that never wavered in its attention to India s famine victims Typical of the SDF s courageous anti imperialism was the response of one Scottish branch to the otherwise delirious celebration of the British victory in South Africa in 1902 While on all sides of the street the harlot, Capitalism, was decked in horrible array of all possible and impossible colours, there was projected from the windows of the SDF a transparency of five feet, giving the statistics of deaths in war, deaths in concentration camps, the numbers of paupers, the number of unemployed in Britain, the famine deaths in India, and the famine deaths, emigration and evictions in Ireland pp 165The British empire was just massive machine for inducing famine, and they or less completely got away with it Grateful for these Scottish comrades from 1902.