The Great Irish Potato Famine

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"The Great Irish Potato Famine provides an accessible, comprehensive account of the famine, combining narrative, analysis, historiography, and scores of contemporary illustrations. It furnishes vivid insights into the misery of the famine and the additional nightmare of the mass evictions that followed. Professor Donnelly aims to answer the numerous vexed questions which have surrounded the subject ever since. Was Britain quilty of genocide against the Irish people, or was British culpability more complex? Could the disaster have been ...
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"The Great Irish Potato Famine provides an accessible, comprehensive account of the famine, combining narrative, analysis, historiography, and scores of contemporary illustrations. It furnishes vivid insights into the misery of the famine and the additional nightmare of the mass evictions that followed. Professor Donnelly aims to answer the numerous vexed questions which have surrounded the subject ever since. Was Britain quilty of genocide against the Irish people, or was British culpability more complex? Could the disaster have been considerably reduced in its dimensions, even if not averted altogether? Scholarly and up-to-date, this book will be required reading for anyone with an interest in Ireland or in the way natural disasters and government responses to them can alter the destiny of nations."--BOOK JACKET.
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750926324
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.95 (w) x 9.83 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Famine and Government Response, 1845-6 41
2 Production, Prices, and Exports, 1846-51 57
3 The Administration of 'Relief', 1846-7 65
4 Soup Kitchens and Amending the Poor Law 81
5 The Amended Poor Law and Mass Death, 1847-51 101
6 Landlords and Tenants 132
7 Excess Mortality and Emigration 169
8 A Famine in Irish Politics 187
9 Constructing the Memory of the Famine, 1850-1900 209
Notes 247
Select Bibliography 271
Index 281
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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Textbook reading

    If you want to know about this event from all points of view, then this is the book for you. It is not a novel or story in any way. It is a leaarning experience. It has great detail about the famine as seen from the eyes of the all Irish sects, the English and even America and how it affected more of the world than just Ireland. It is enlightening intellectually. I thought I was getting a book in more of a novel form. I did however read the entire book as I was interested in the famine. It seems unbiased, but portrays how the famine was looked upon by the different peoples and how the Irish did and did not cope with it. It was so tragic for much of the country and you can understand the resentment felt by those affected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for m

    I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. The book was well explained about the condition of the Potato Famine. I learned the causes and effects about the Potato Famine and the disease that led to the lack of potatoes. I learned that it made the Irish population go down a lot. Many moved out from the Potato Famine to other countries to start a new life. It created bitterness in the hearts of the Irish for how they were treated. There are political religion involvements. The book has a lot precise facts. The author wrote a lot of good information that I could understand in the book. The book also has interesting photos that would make you understand more too. If someone wants to get good details about the Famine, this is the book to read. At first, I didn’t know anything about the Potato Famine but after reading the book I now know what Ireland went through and how people tried to survive.

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