The Irish Famine
Paddy's Lament: Ireland 1846-1847, Prelude to Hatred by Thomas Gallagher
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The hundreds of thousands of Irish men and women who survived the harrowing voyage to America during the calamitous years of the great famine brought with them a deep animosity towards England. Irish-American author Thomas Gallagher explores in details the roots of this hostility, which has persisted down to the present day. This book is a compelling and powerful account of the devastating consequences which resulted when the potato crop failed in 1846 and 1847. Irish peasants were faced with starvation, eviction and disease, while, ironically, shiploads of grain and cattle continued to be exported to England. Making extensive use of contemporary records and eye-witness reports, the author goes on to recreate the experiences of a group of Irish who sought refuge in emigration. This book captures the anguished voice of the famine victim as well as shedding considerable light on current attitude and events.
The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith
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The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, perhaps the most appalling event of the Victorian era, killed over a million Irish 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, the author provides a definitive account.
The Great Irish Famine edited by Catahl Poirteir
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This book contains the most wide-ranging series of essays every published on the Great Irish Famine and will prove of lasting interest to the general reader. Leading historians, economists, geographers - from Ireland, Britain and the United States - have assembled the most up-to-date research from a wide spectrum of disciplines, including medicine, folklore and literature, to give the fullest account yet of the background and consequences of the Famine. Contributors include Dr. Kevin Whelan, Professor Mary Daly, Professor James Donnelly and Professor Cormac O Grada.
The Great Famine: Studies in Irish History, 1845-52 edited by Ruth Dudley-Edwards and T. Desmond Williams
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With the landmark contribution, the history of the Irish Famine is take out of the hands of 'the political commentator, the ballad singer, and the unknown maker of folk-tales,' and placed on a scholarly footing. Thus, one of the great disasters of the 19th century, and a watershed of modern Irish history, receives its true, authoritative measure.
First published in 1956 and long since out of print, this classic work of Irish history, originally intended to commemorate the Famine centenary, brought together several brilliant young Irish academics - Ruth Dudley Edwards, Oliver MacDonagh, R.B. McDowell, Roger McHugh, Theodore Moody, Kevin Nowlan, T.P. O'Neill and Desmond Williams - who were soon to become leaders in their field.
Life in early 19th century Ireland, analysis of the political background, the organizations and distribution of relief, the causes and extent of emigration, the medical history of malnutrition, and an account of the Famine in oral tradition - all are pioneering, enduring contributions to the subject, illustrated by the Goyaesque iconography of steel engraving from The Illustrated London News.
This new edition, which marks the sesquicentenary of the Famine, includes a historiographical introduction rehearsing the original book's protracted genesis and impact, and a bibliography which notes the research and accomplishments of a more recent generation of scholars.
Irish Famine Facts by John Keating
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In this book, the author sets out to provide a synopsis of the documented facts and scientific background to the Famine. The poverty, the hardship of subsistence living and the role of the potato in pre-Famine Ireland are described. So also is the coming of blight and the response of the Government and voluntary bodies to the Famine. The consequences of the disaster for the people are dealt with in detail. The book is fully illustrated.
The Famine Ships: The Irish Exodus to America, 1846-51 by Edward Laxton
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Between 1846 and 1851 more than a million Irish people, the famine emigrants, sailed to America. At the same time, the Irish potato famine claimed a million lives. This book tells the story of the courage and determination of those who crossed the Atlantic in leaky, overcrowded sailing ships and made new lives for themselves, among them William Ford, father of Henry Ford, and twenty-six year old Patrick Kennedy, great-grandfather of John F. Kennedy. Contains illustrations by Rodney Charman as well as two sections of colour plates.
A Death-Dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland by Christine Kinealy
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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. In examining the reasons for this silence, Famine expert Christine Kinealy demonstrates how many current attitudes and arguments about the Famine were evident during the event itself. The influences that shaped the responses to the Famine represent a core theme of this book.
Dr. Kinealy focuses on the key factors which nurtured both policy formulations and the unfolding of events in mid-19th century Ireland. These include political ideologies, such as the influential doctrine of political economy; providentialist ideas which ordained that the potato blight was a 'judgement of God'; and an opportunistic interpretation of the crisis that viewed the Famine and the consequent social dislocation as an opportunity to reconstruct Irish society. Kinealy also examines the roles of Irish landlords and merchants, political factions in Westminster and the pivotal role played by civil servants within the British government.
Irish Hunger: Personal Reflections on the Legacy of the Famine edited by Tom Hayden
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This book is a unique collection of highly personal essays, reflections and poems from Irish and Irish-American contributors. Complemented by a historical chronology, and a series of eyewitness accounts and commentaries from contemporary documents - newspapers, letters, and diaries - this book urges us to heal 'a wound on the Irish psyche that still aches.' Contributors: Eavan Boland, James Breslin, Gabriel Byrne, James Carroll, Tim Pat Coogan, Seamus Deane, Luke Dodd, James Donnelly, Paul Durcan, Luke Gibbons, Terry Golway, Tom Hayden, Seamus Heaney, Brendan Kennelly, Sean Kenny, Brain Lacey, Helen Litton, David Lloyd, Nell McCafferty, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Peggy O'Brian, Peter Quinn, Carolyn Ramsay, John Waters, and Roy Yeats.
The Irish Famine: An Illustrated History by Helen Litton
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This book is an account of one of the most significant and tragic events in Irish history. The author deals with the emotive subject of the Great Famine clearly and succinctly, documenting the causes and their effects. With quotes from first-hand accounts, and relying on the most up-to-date studies, she describes the mixture of ignorance, confusion, inexperience and vested interests that lay behind the 'good v. evil' image of popular perception.
Here are the people who tried to influence events - politicians like Peel, public servants like Trevelyan, Quaker relief workers, local communities, clergy and landlords, who wrestled with desperate need, and sometimes gave up in despair. Why did millions of starving people seem to accept their fate without rebelling? Why starvation on the very shores of seas and rivers plentifully stocked with fish?
The Big Wind by Beatrice Coogan
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The Big Wind is a classic novel spanning an entire generation of Irish history, set in the tumultuous times of the 19th century. From the infamous Big Wind of 1839, the greatest storm ever recorded in Ireland, to the Great Famine and the land war between the starving Irish peasants and the Anglo-Saxon landlords, Beatrice Coogan brings alive the loves, cruelties and injustices of the times. An amazing feat of skilfully woven drama, romance and fact, The Big Wind has been justly compared to Gone With the Wind.
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