Let us not attribute to malice what may be referred to incompetence and neglect. During the imperial times famines were a common occurrence. Nothing indicates that the famine was engineered by the authorities. Nothing indicates that the authorities planned to exterminate the common folk in the areas where famine occurred. Nothing indicates that the authorities tried to eradicate a particular ethnic group through starvation. All evidence indicates that the famine was unintentionally aggravated by the authorities.No there were elements of malice involved. For instance Stalin would not allow anyone to move away from the area even after it was clear the crops had failed, and the quotas had been over filled. Inconsistent application of government policy was another factor. The famine that year affected a number of regions, all the other regions did at the very least get a reduction in their quota and even had some grain released from central control to help them out
The Ukraine got none of those considerations.
Thanks for the article!Well sort of its rather complicated -- the nationalist myth is of course the poor of Ireland had their food stolen off them to feed the rich dastardly British-- the reality is more complex.
Very good article on the subject, notsure I agree withevrything she says but she is very knowledgeable on the subject and is good.
Food Exports from Ireland 1846-47