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The Politics of Famine: The Case of Ethiopia.

11700. The Politics of Famine: The Case of Ethiopia.

Compares and contrasts the 1973/74 and the 1984/85 Ethiopian famines, identifying similarities and differences the scope, magnitude, causes, and responses. Considers the environmental, cultural, economic, and political background to each famine. Argues that politics, rather than "natural disaster," was the primary factor exacerbating the famines. Argues further that the 1984/85 famine was directly created by the policies and strategies of the Mengistu government related to the war against Eritrea and the fight against the Tigrean resistance movement. 47 pages, 92 footnotes, 34 bibliographic sources.

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