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  • Mukerjee Examines British War Cabinet Role in Great Bengal Famine

    October 5, 2011

    Scholar Madhusree Mukerjee visits Seattle University on October 28 for a discussion surrounding the global context of the Great Bengal Famine of 1943. She will present on British colonial policies during World War II and their effect on the famine in the broader context of colonial government in India.

    The Bengal famine of 1943 has been regarded as an unfortunate outcome of local factors. Mukerjee argues, however, that it was also a wartime famine. By setting the famine in the context of World War II, she reveals the pressures exerted upon Indian grain markets by the British War Cabinet. She posits that a series of War Cabinet decisions impacted the allocation of shipping, precipitating and exacerbating the Bengal Famine.

    The former editor of Scientific American, Mukerjee is the author of the bestselling “Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II,” noted as “convincing” by The New York Times and acclaimed by TIME Magazine for “revealing a side of Churchill largely ignored by the West and considerably tarnishing his historic sheen.”

    The presentation is sponsored by the Piggott McCone Chair in Humanities, History Professor H. Hazel Hahn. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 3:45 PM on Friday, October 28 in the Bannan Auditorium.

    The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college in Seattle University. In addition to offering students major and minor degrees in International Studies, the College has 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degree programs. The College also administers the Global Awareness Program, a specialization available to students in any of the major in any college in the university.

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