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Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine Hardcover – 1 Jan 2018

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press (1 Jan. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1509524665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509524662
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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‘Alex de Waal’s new book makes a persuasive case that the large decline in famine death over the past three decades is in part attributable to the success of the international humanitarian aid system, even with its kinks and weaknesses.  This book should be required reading for donor-government policymakers, particularly those who propose slashing aid budgets.’
Andrew S. Natsios, Executive Professor, George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

‘For the first time in decades, mass starvation threatens multiple countries. Alex de Waal has written an important and timely book explaining how famine has made a comeback. Each famine is unique, but de Waal guides us through the complexities to highlight the element common to all today’s famines: the weaponization of starvation and the rollback of humanitarian norms. Mass Starvation is a both a fine work of scholarship and an urgent call to action.’
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President & CEO, International Crisis Group and former UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

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The world almost conquered famine. Until the 1980s, this scourge killed ten million people every decade, but by early 2000s mass starvation had all-but-disappeared. Today, famines are resurgent, driven by war, blockade, hostility to humanitarian principles, and a volatile global economy.

In Mass Starvation, world-renowned expert on humanitarian crisis and response Alex de Waal, provides an authoritative history of modern famines: their causes, dimensions, and why they ended. He analyzes starvation as a crime, and breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Refuting the enduring but erroneous view that attributes famine to overpopulation and natural disaster, he shows how political decision or political failing is an essential element in every famine, while the spread of democracy and human rights, and the ending of wars, were major factors in the near-ending of this devastating phenomenon.

Hard-hitting and deeply informed, Mass Starvation explains why man-made famine and the political decisions that could end it for good must once again become a top priority for the international community.

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