During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, Ireland experienced the worst disaster a nation could suffer. Fully a quarter of its citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated, with so many dying en route that it was said, "you can walk dry shod to America on their bodies." In this grand, sweeping narrative, Ireland''s best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, gives a fresh and comprehensive account of one of the darkest chapters in world history, arguing that Britain was in large part responsible for the extent of the national tragedy, and in fact engineered the food shortage in one of the earliest cases of ethnic cleansing. So strong was anti-Irish sentiment in the mainland that the English parliament referred to the famine as "God's lesson."
Drawing on recently uncovered sources, and with the sharp eye of a seasoned historian, Coogan delivers fresh insights into the famine's causes, recounts its unspeakable events, and delves into the legacy of the "famine mentality" that followed immigrants across the Atlantic to the shores of the United States and had lasting effects on the population left behind. This is a broad, magisterial history of a tragedy that shook the nineteenth century and still impacts the worldwide Irish diaspora of nearly 80 million people today.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
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About the Author
Tim Pat Coogan is Ireland's best known historian and the author of numerous important works on Irish history, including Michael Collins and The IRA, published to wide acclaim. The former editor of The Irish Press, he lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Tim Pat Coogan is Ireland's best-known historical writer. His 1990 biography of Michael Collins rekindled widespread interest in the revolutionary era. He is also the author of The IRA, Long Fellow, Long Shadow, Wherever Green is Worn, and The Famine Plot.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i believe this book to be one of the most revealing historical reports of english criminality carried out by a race of people who hated the Irish because they would not crumble under the vicious and frequent attempts to bring a proud race of people to its knees.over the centuries the english tried (with some success) to obliterate the Irish nation and make it totally subservient to the crown. Mr. de Valera's answer to Churchill's snide goading of the Irish post World War ll is probably as succinct an answer as you will find remind the warmongers of their ongoing roguery. Niall Quaid