Famines in Europe Workshop

Famines in Europe Workshop

Hosted by The Dondena Centre and Guido Alfani

May 9, 2014

2:30 p.m.

Room 3-E4-SR03

Via Rontgen, 1 Milano


For a long time, the European continent has been well acquainted with famines, the worst of which acquired a truly continental scale. However, if we look at scholarship on the topic, we discover that much still needs be done in order to get a truly comparative picture covering the long run. This workshop’s papers are but a first step towards a comparative study of European famines, covering the whole of the continent from Scandinavia to southern Europe and from Ireland to Russia, and the very long run—from the Middle Ages until the last European famines in the nineteenth or in some areas, even the twentieth century.


Welcome Address

Ross Macmillan, Università Bocconi


Session I

Famines in Southern and Central Europe

Chair Cormac Ó Gráda, University College Dublin


Famines in Italy

Guido Alfani, Università Bocconi; Luca Mocarelli, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca; Donatella Strangio, Sapienza Università di Roma


Famines in Spain and Portugal

Vicente Perez Moreda, Universidad Complutense Madrid


Famines in France

Jean-Michel Chevet, INRA Centre Bordeaux Aquitaine


Famines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Dominik Collet, Heidelberg University; Daniel Krämer, University of Bern


Session II

Famines in Northern and Eastern Europe

Chair Guido Alfani, Università Bocconi


Famines in Ireland

Cormac Ó Gráda, University College Dublin


Famines in the Low Countries

Daniel Curtis and Jessica Dijkman, Utrecht University


Famines in Russia/USSR

Stephen Wheatcroft, Nazarbayev University


General Discussion: Towards a comparative history of European famines

Chair Cormac Ó Gráda, University College Dublin


Official workshop program

Official workshop poster














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