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may refer to any of several historical famine
A famine is a widespread scarcity of food, caused by several factors including crop failure, overpopulation, or government policies. This phenomenon is usually accompanied or followed by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality. Every continent in the world has...
- The Great Famine of 1315–1317
The Great Famine of 1315–1317 was the first of a series of large scale crises that struck Northern Europe early in the fourteenth century...
in northern Europe
- The Great India Famine of 1344-1345
- The Irish Famine (1740–1741), sometimes called the "Forgotten Famine" due to its being overshadowed by that of 1845-1849
- The Scottish Famine (1780-89), last widespread famine across Scotland, excluding the Highland Potato Famine (1840s-50s)
- The Irish Famine (1845-1849), occasion for the great exodus of Irish and the Irish diaspora
thumb|Night Train with Reaper by London Irish artist [[Brian Whelan]] from the book Myth of Return, 2007The Irish diaspora consists of Irish emigrants and their descendants in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa,...
- The Great Famine of 1876–1878
- The Great Ethiopia Famine of 1888-1892
- The Russian Famine of 1921
The Russian famine of 1921, also known as Povolzhye famine, which began in the early spring of that year, and lasted through 1922, was a severe famine that occurred in Bolshevik Russia...
- A 2011 documentary film about it is entitled The Great Famine
- The "Great Famine of 1932-1933" in Ukraine, known as the Holodomor
The Holodomor was a man-made famine in the Ukrainian SSR between 1932 and 1933. During the famine, which is also known as the "terror-famine in Ukraine" and "famine-genocide in Ukraine", millions of Ukrainians died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of...
- The Great Famine
The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation in Axis-occupied Greece, during World War II . The local population suffered greatly during this period, while the Axis Powers initiated a policy of large scale plunder...
, in Axis occupied Greece (1941-1944).
- The Great Chinese Famine (1958-1961)