Eating People is Wrong: Famine’s Darkest Secret?

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
WP13_02.pdf299.17 kBAdobe PDFDownload
Title: Eating People is Wrong: Famine’s Darkest Secret?
Authors: Ó Gráda, Cormac
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4267
Date: Mar-2013
Abstract: Cannibalism is one of our darkest secrets and taboos. It is the ultimate measure of the resilience or otherwise of civilizational processes to extreme conditions. How common was cannibalism in times of famine in the past? Both the nature of the evidence for famine cannibalism and the silences about it challenge the empirical historian to the limit. After a review of the global historiography, this paper attempts to assess the evidence for cannibalism during Ireland’s many famines, culminating in the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Keywords: Famine;Cannibalism
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

Show full item record

Google ScholarTM

Check


This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.