Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Late Victorian Holocausts, by Mike Davis. This is a very interesting book about how the policies of the British Empire made much worse conditions created by cyclical weather patterns in Deccan India leading to the death by starvation of disease of nearly 20 million people. This is also about how the policies of Western occupying governments caused widespread famine and death in China and how international monetary policy affected famine and negative social change in Brazil. Even discounting Davis' obvious anti-free market beliefs, the facts alone stand as a somber statement about the manipulation and exploitation of conquered countries and the massive destruction colonialism caused to the native inhabitants. Worth reading but not a great book.
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