The Great Hunger

The Great Hunger : Ireland 1845-1849


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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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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 121.92 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1 map; portraits
  • 014014515X
  • 9780140145151
  • 111,235

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