Daily Readings

4 days

In this section, we will discuss some of the basic theories used to investigate famine both today and in the past.  There will be some reading from the 10,000 years text book and some from online sources including the "don't-worry-it's-a-lot-better-than-it-used-to-be" E-brary.  We will roughly have two days of theoretical discussion and two days of some primary sources and topical examples.

Tuesday, 14 Feb.


Vasey, Ecological History of Agriculture, p. 180-213.

Cormac O'Grada, Famine: A Short History, p. 1-44. EBRARY

Thursday, 16 Feb.


Judith Edkins, Whose Hunger?: Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid, p. 15-67.EBRARY

Tuesday, 21 Feb.


Choose Two of the Following Four Options:
(but keep in mind my 1374 goes well with Jordan's Great Famine) 

1) William Chester Jordan, The Great Famine: Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century, p. 7-42 + at least one later section in the text. EBRARY

2) Adam Franklin-Lyons, Famine - Preparation and Response in Catalonia After the Black Death (Dissertation, Yale University, 2009), Chapter 5, "Anatomy of a Famine - the Crisis of 1374."

3) Peter Garnsey, Food and Society in Classical Antiquity, p. 38-77. EBRARY
(If you're really sick of Ebrary, Garnsey's Famine and Food Supply in the Greco-Roman World, is on reserve and you can read a portion of that instead.)

4) Adam Franklin-Lyons, "The Character of Mediterranean Famines." working paper.
***The current version is missing the final section on rural famines.  I might get to finish this by Monday and it will only be 3-4 pages, so check back Monday afternoon or evening if you'd like to finish this reading.  Thanks!

Thursday, 23 Feb.


All about 1817, the "Year Without a Summer." 

Start here:

Skeen, "The Year Without a Summer: A Historical View," Journal of the New Republic 1:1 (Spring, 1981) pp. 51-67.

Then pick one or two of the following:

Fagan. Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850. New York, NY: Basic Books. Pgs. 167-180. RESERVE.
And these are all on the courses server:
Don Sutherland, "The June 1816 Snowfalls and the Cold Summer of 1816"
This is about New England generally, rather than Vermont, but still good.
Trigo, et. al., "Iberia in 1816, the year without a summer" [About Spain, obviously]

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