Great Hunger Ireland, 1845-1849

ISBN-10: 014014515X
ISBN-13: 9780140145151
Edition: 1991 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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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