LAT E VICTORIA N HOLOCAUSTS : EL NIN O FAMINES AN D TH E MAKIN G OF TH E THIR D WORL D Mike Davis, 2002, 470 pp., $27.00, paperbound, Verso Books, ISBN 1-85984-382-4 ike Davis's book is a welcome addition to the Nino-induced droughts interact with the interna- burgeoning literature on El Nino and a must- tional commodities trade and imperialist politics at Mread for those interested in socioeconomic im- the global level through the manipulation of world- pacts of climate and climate science. The book is an wide markets and institutions (such as the implemen- exhaustively documented account of major El Nino- tation of monocrop systems and the adoption of the related droughts of the late nineteenth century and gold standard), which further contributed to the im- their impact on impoverished populations in India, poverishment of what would constitute the Third China, and northeast Brazil. [With less detailed analy- World. [The gold standard was adopted by England ses, the book also focuses on other parts of the so- in 1821 and, by the 1870s, most of the rest of the world called Third World, such as Africa and Southeast Asia, had followed suit. One of the consequences
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