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The economic conditions depicted in “a Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Smith were similar to that of the Holodomor, or Ukrainian Famine of 1932, in which both Ukraine and Ireland were dictated by governments who oppressed their populations. Swift’s work is a ironic satire that depicts his views of the mercantilist principles bestowed upon Ireland by the English in the eighteenth century. Both “a Modest Proposal” and the Holodomor have a similar theme of oppression, in which an authoritative administration took advantage of a situation and did all in its power to obtain a certain goal.
According to Swift’s essay, Ireland in the eighteenth century was in excess of population, overrun with poverty and suffering from unemployment. Since there was economic hardships in Ireland, many families could not feed or clothe themselves; this situation is much like that of Soviet Ukraine in the 1930’s. The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомор; homicide by hunger or terror famine) was the famine in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1932-1933; during which six to ten million Ukrainian people wer…