A Death-Dealing Famine

A Death-Dealing Famine : The Great Hunger in Ireland

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Famine expert Christine Kinealy examines the influences that shaped the responses to the Famine of 1845-52. The key factors she analyses include political ideologies; providentialist ideas that read the potato blight as a judgement from God; opportunistic interpretations; the role of civil servants, Irish landlords and merchants.
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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 16mm | 258.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745310745
  • 9780745310749

About Christine Kinealy

Dr Christine Kinealy teaches history at the University of Central Lancashire and has also taught at the University of Liverpool and universities in Dublin and Belfast. She is the author of The Great Calamity: The Irish Famine, 1845-52 (Roberts Reinhart, 1994) and has written for History Ireland and the New York-based Irish Echo.
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The Irish Famine of 1845-52, although a pivotal event in the development of modern Ireland, was for decades marginalised or ignored by Irish historians. The book focuses on the key factors which nurtured both policy formulations and the unfolding of events in mid-nineteenth century Ireland. Also examined are the roles of the Irish landlords and merchants, political factions in Westminster and the pivotal role played by civil servants within the British government.
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'Tremendous ... An invaluable addition to that small collection of books which help us look at ourselves through our own eyes, giving us the right to feel hurt and angry, a right taken away from us, and which still, sadly, has to be fought for' -- Andersonstown News 'One of the outstanding historians of modern Ireland ... Anyone who wants to understand the making of modern Ireland should read Kinealy's book' -- Irish Democrat 'A very gripping and readable account ... Anyone interested in finding out more about what really happened during 'The Great Hunger' in Ireland should read this book' -- News Line
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Table of contents

1. Introduction

2. The great Hunger in Ireland: Ideologies and Interpretations

3. A State of Degradation The Pre-Famine Ireland-- The Political background, Dispossession and Disunity: Union and Discord: The Pre famine Economy: Poverty, Population and Poor relief

4. Rotten Potatoes and the Politics of relief: Pre Famine Famines: Potatoes and the Coming of the blight: Peel and Politics of repeal: The Provision of relief

5. Putrefying vegetation and Queens Pay: Party Politics and the Triumph of Ideology: The 'Male Roads' and Queens Pay': Food Supplies and Food Exports: Food Shortages and Famine Elsewhere

6. Black 47: The crisis of Starvation: Soup or Starvation: Private Philanthropy

7. The Expatriation of a People: Property Supporting Poverty: The Impact of Famine: The Press and Public opinion

8. A Policy of Extermination: The prodigal Son: The Army of beggars: The flight form Ireland. Emigration: the Cost of Famine

Epilogue: The Famine Killed Everything
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