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The Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-1865 and the Increased Risk of Starvation for Indian Peasants

The Cotton Famine in Lancashire, 1861-5, arose as a consequence of the interruption in supplies brought about by the American Civil War. Britain concentrated upon obtaining supplies from India, then a member of the Empire, but in doing so demanded changes in Indian agriculture which increased the likelihood of famine. For the Indian people, the longer-term consequences of the Lancashire need for more and cheaper cotton were yet another catastrophic aspect of British rule.

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