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On the Demography of South Asian Famines Part II

Tim Dyson
Population Studies
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Jul., 1991), pp. 279-297
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2174784
Page Count: 19
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On the Demography of South Asian Famines Part II
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Abstract

Part I of this paper (published in the last issue) was focused on demographic responses to three major famines which occurred in late nineteenth-century India. Part II deals with the 1943-44 famine in Bengal and the 1974-75 famine in Bangladesh. The paper presents important and hitherto unanalysed demographic data on the Bengal famine. Drawing on the analysis of Part I, it argues that because of flaws in the data which have been used, there is a need to reconsider some of the judgements which have been made about the demographic consequences of both the 1943-44 and 1974-75 famines. It is contended that some serious misconceptions have arisen concerning short-term demographic responses to famine. Finally, possible implications for famines in other parts of the world are discussed.

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