The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849

The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849


By (author) Cecil Woodham-Smith

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014014515X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140145151
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 1 map; portraits
  • Sales rank: 120,684

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The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, perhaps the most appalling event of the Victorian era, killed over a million people and drove as many more to emigrate to America. It may not have been the result of deliberate government policy, yet British 'obtuseness, short-sightedness and ignorance' - and stubborn commitment to laissez-faire 'solutions' - largely caused the disaster and prevented any serious efforts to relieve suffering. The continuing impact on Anglo-Irish relations was incalculable, the immediate human cost almost inconceivable. In this vivid and disturbing book, Cecil Woodham-Smith provides the definitive account. 'A moving and terrible book. It combines great literary power with great learning. It explains much in modern Ireland - and in modern America' - D.W. Brogan.

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