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Title:The Significance of Drought, Disease and Famine in the Agriculturally Marginal Zones of West-Central Africa
Author:Miller, Joseph C.
Year:1982
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:23
Issue:1
Pages:17-61
Language:English
Geographic term:Angola
Subjects:epidemics
droughts
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Drought and Desertification
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181270
Abstract:The South-Western parts of Central Africa resemble the other semi-arid areas of the world in the susceptibility of their inhabitants to variations in rainfall. This fact has conditioned the human history of the region for as long as we have records, written or oral. It is the purpose of this essay to extend Jill R. Dias' recent study of drought, famine and disease in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Angola back in time by presenting current knowledge of variations in rainfall and of epidemics and by suggesting in a preliminary way some of the contributions of climatological and epidemiological factors to familiar events in West-Central African history. App., fig., notes, sum.
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