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Famine Plot England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy

ISBN-10: 1137278838
ISBN-13: 9781137278838
Edition: 2013
Authors: Tim Pat Coogan
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Description: During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, fully a quarter of Ireland’s citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what came to be known as Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger. Waves of hungry peasants fled across  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, fully a quarter of Ireland’s citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what came to be known as Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger. Waves of hungry peasants fled across the Atlantic to the United States, with so many dying en route that it was said, "you could walk dry shod to America on their bodies." In this sweeping history Ireland’s best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, tackles the dark history of the Irish Famine and argues that it constituted one of the first acts of genocide. In what The Boston Globe calls "his greatest achievement," Coogan shows how the British government hid behind the smoke screen of laissez faire economics, the invocation of Divine Providence and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration. Unflinching in depicting the evidence, Coogan presents a vivid and horrifying picture of a catastrophe that that shook the nineteenth century and finally calls to account those responsible.

Tim Pat Coogan was editor of the Irish Press and is now recognised as Ireland�s leading popular historian of the twentieth century. He is based in Dublin, Ireland.

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