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Author Serels, Steven, 1982- author
Title Starvation and the state : famine, slavery, and power in Sudan, 1883-1956 / Steven Serels
Imprint New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Introduction -- Famine and the making of Sudan's northern frontier, 1883-1896 -- The Red Sea grain market and British strategy in eastern Sudan and the Red Sea Hills, 1883-1888 -- The Sanat Sitta famine in eastern Sudan and the Red Sea Hills and the decline of Bija autonomy, 1889-1904 -- Slavery, Anglo-Egyptian rule and the development of the unified Sudanese grain market, 1896-1913 -- Cotton and grain as the drivers of economic development, 1913-1940 -- Food insecurity and the transition to independence, 1940-1956 -- Conclusion
For much of its recent history, Sudan has been beset by devastating famines that have killed countless people and powerfully reshaped its society. However, as this historical study of food insecurity in the region shows, there was no necessary correlation between natural disasters, decreased crop yields, and famine in Sudan. Rather, repeated food crises since the late nineteenth century were the result of inter-generational, exploitative processes that transferred the resources of victim communities to the state and to a small group of non-state elites. This dynamic fundamentally transformed the social, political, and economic structures underpinning Sudanese society and prevented many communities from securing necessary subsistence. On one hand, food crises facilitated the British-led conquest of Sudan and subsequently allowed British imperial agents, acting through the Anglo-Egyptian government, to seize control of many of Sudan's natural resources. At the same time, however, a number of indigenous elites were also able to position themselves so as to further augment their prestige and economic wealth. At independence, these elites were handed control of the state and, in the years that followed, they continued many of the policies that had impoverished their countrymen
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Link Print version: Serels, Steven, 1982- author. Starvation and the state (DLC) 2013029563 (OCoLC)857234240
Subject 1800 - 1956 fast
Famines -- Political aspects -- Sudan
Famines -- Sudan -- History -- 19th century
Food security -- Sudan
Food supply -- Government policy -- Sudan
Grain trade -- Sudan -- History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Infrastructure bisacsh
Famines -- Political aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst00920602
Famines. fast (OCoLC)fst00920590
Food security. fast (OCoLC)fst01748879
Food supply -- Government policy. fast (OCoLC)fst00931206
Grain trade. fast (OCoLC)fst00946068
Political science. fast (OCoLC)fst01069781
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General bisacsh
Sudan -- Politics and government -- 1899-1956
Sudan. fast (OCoLC)fst01204591
Electronic books
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
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