Food Riots and the Politics of Provisions in World History
This paper compares the politics of provisions in: pre-modern England and France; famines in Ireland and India; ‘famine-proofed’ Ming and Qing China; Mao’s Great Leap Forward Famine; the IMF austerity riots of the 1970s and 80s; and the food riots of 2008, particularly in Egypt, West Africa, and Haiti. The point of such comparisons is not to construct a unified theory of provision politics, but to illuminate significant parameters that shape policies and conflicts over food.
CitationBohstedt, J. (2014) Food Riots and the Politics of Provisions in World History, IDS Working Paper 444, Brighton: IDS,
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