The Great Irish Potato Famine

The Great Irish Potato Famine

by James S. S. Donnelly
     
 

This comprehensive account explores British responsibility for the mass eviction, death, and emigration along with the memory of the famine in Ireland and the Diaspora in the fifty years following.

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This comprehensive account explores British responsibility for the mass eviction, death, and emigration along with the memory of the famine in Ireland and the Diaspora in the fifty years following.

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Library Journal
The Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, one of the major human catastrophes of modern times, has been popularly perceived as a genocide attributable to the British government's actions and failures to act. In professional historical circles, however, such thinking was dismissed for many years, as evidenced by the scathing academic response to Cecil Woodham-Smith's 1963 classic, The Great Hunger: Ireland, 1845-49, which, in addition to presenting a vivid and horrifying picture of the human suffering, made strong accusations against the British government and its officials. Donnelly (Irish history, Univ. of Wisconsin) has written an intelligent, thought-provoking, and well-written book that, among other things, is a very useful survey and synthesis of the current debates about and researches into the origins and causes of the famine. Donnelly supports Cecil-Woodham's charges of British governmental sins of both omission and commission in the famine but puts those charges in a broader context, including discussion of class and regional influences on the famine in Ireland itself. The chapter notes, indexing, and bibliography are of good quality. This book would be an excellent choice to accompany and update The Great Hunger. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries. Charlie Cowling, Drake Memorial Lib., SUNY at Brockport Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750926324
Publisher:
Sutton Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.95(w) x 9.83(h) x 1.00(d)

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