What do people die of during famines : the Great Irish Famine in comparative perspective

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Title: What do people die of during famines : the Great Irish Famine in comparative perspective
Authors: Mokyr, Joel
Ó Gráda, Cormac
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/449
Date: Dec-2002
Abstract: The Irish Famine killed over a million people who would not have died otherwise. The nosologies published by the 1851 Irish census provide a rich source for the causes of death during these catastrophic years. This source is extremely rich and detailed, but also inaccurate and deficient to the point where many scholars have given up using it. In this article we try to make adjustments to the death-by-cause tabulations and provide more accurate ones. These tables are then used to analyse the reasons why so many people died and why modern famines tend to be less costly in terms of human life.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright (published version): Copyright 2002 Cambridge University Press
Subject LCSH: Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
Famines--Ireland--History
Mortality--Ireland--History
DOI: 10.1017/S1361491602000163
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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