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Indian Famine Quiz

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The correct answer is 13m to 16m. More discussion in a following post.


Numbers based on: Sweeney, S. (2008). Indian Railways and Famine 1875-1914: Magic wheels and empty stomachs. Essays in economic and business history, pp.147-158.

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Don't hundreds of thousands of Indians continue to die each year of malnourishment?


Yes, they do. But one of the often claimed benefits of the British Empire was the building of the railways in India and what the paper I referenced shows is that the railways contributed to famines in colonial India. It was the same economic orthodoxy that also contributed to Britain exacerbating of famines in Ireland and Iran.

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