Old news on history

October 7, 2005

Gordon Johnson's review concludes that Amartya Sen's latest book The Argumentative Indian 's "use of history is... unscrupulous and trivialising". (Books, September 30). Hardly a surprise since I showed the same about Sen's best-known work on famine 20 years ago ("A refutation of Sen's theory of famine", Food Policy , volume 11, issue 2, May 1986).

Peter Bowbrick Nottingham

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