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Famine and food riots
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1. Concepts, terminological history, approaches

Famine and food crisis are not peculiar to early modern Europe, but are global phenomena that have occurred in all historical periods. As short-term periodical disturbances to the food and supply system in a region or society, a food crisis is categorically distinct from persistent, structural, or chronic hunger.

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Gailus, Manfred, “Famine and food riots”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021172>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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