Still, every year makes it less likely that the world will see a renewal of the great famines of the past, and it is only the countries where civilization is still backward that are in much danger of even a local famine.
Famines have caused widespread suffering in all countries and ages.
Amongst the great famines of history may be named the following:-- B.
Great famines in India, in which entire provinces and 1033 were depopulated and man was driven to cannibalism.
A list of the chief famines recorded by history is given farther on.
Famines seem to recur in India at periodical intervals, which have been held to be in some way dependent on the sun-spot period.
Such local faminesas may occur in the 20th century will probably be attributable to natural causes.
In the 140 years since Warren Hastings initiated British rule in India, there have been nineteen famines and five severe scarcities.
The periodical famines which have regularly visited the island since the beginning of last century.
And there shall be great earthquakes in divers places and pestilences and famines and terrors from heaven: and there shall be great signs.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And there shall be pestilences and famines and earthquakes in places.
It is well known that famines have been sadly destructive of life, but there is evidence that previous to our rule, when there were few roads and little communication between one part of India and another, famines were still more so.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles.
It also states that in one of the worst famines in India ten million people died of starvation within nine months.
Particular attention has been paid to the sun-spot cycle of rainfall in India, because of the close relation between famines and the summer monsoon rainfall in that country.
The statement that an increase of famines would be sure to ensue from the causes above indicated is amply corroborated by the facts.
There is no evidence to show that droughts have increased, but there can be no doubt that in comparatively recent times famines and scarcities have.
The bearing of the measure on famines and scarcity.
With all those records of famines and their attendant sicknesses in England, it is significant that there is little indication of ergotism.
In the medieval period, the extreme want and misery which brought epidemic sickness were due to occasional sharp famines at long intervals, from failure of the crops.
A few passages from that poem will be of use as throwing light upon the famines of England, before we finally leave the period of which they are characteristic.
The history of English epidemics, previous to the Black Death, is almost wholly a history of famine sicknesses; and the list of such famines with attendant sickness, without mentioning the years of mere scarcity, is a considerable one.
Hence frequent famines would have been inevitable in those seasons of prolonged dryness and scorching heat, when "the sky becomes as brass and the earth as iron.
Famines and sieges in fact are not infrequently followed by positive epidemics of blood-poisoning, often in exceedingly severe and fatal forms.
And then Louhi departed to her home, weeping for the loss of the magic Sampo, and ever since that time there have been famines and poverty in gloomy Pohjola.
We speak of famines and plagues under the Tudors and Stuarts; but the Irish famine, and the Irish plague of 1847, the last page of such horrors which has yet been turned over, is the most horrible of all.
In conclusion, it is not out of place to say that the frequently occurring famines in that country call for measures of prevention as well as temporary aid.
But the crusades in which the church attempted to wrest the holy sepulchre from Turkish hands, were scarcely more productive of famines than its persecuting periods when mankind lost hope in themselves and the future.
While famines were unknown among the ancient Romans in the first period of their history, yet Christendom was early and frequently afflicted with them.
Famines were raging throughout the land, and the Arabs preceding him had so harried the country, that every village was deserted.
As nearly all Bengal is comparatively low and level, this method is not applicable there; hence, the terriblefamines consequent in a comparatively small decrease of the average rain supply.
During the present century there have been two or three severe famines in Asia Minor, the last but two or three years since.
Europe has been affected with seriousfamines at various periods; but the greatest “harvest of death” has been in Oriental lands.
And the famine that afflicted the world in the time of Lamech, the second of the ten great famines appointed to come upon it, ceased its ravages with the birth of Noah.
The sweetish fruit of the jál, known as pílu, is liked by the people, and in famines they will even eat the berries of the leafless caper.
Two severe famines marked the beginning and the close of this period.
Famines follow, and the people torment themselves with presentiments of calamity.
Famines The prevalence of faminesis quoted as a proof of reckless overpopulation.
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