Black '47 and Beyond by Cormac O Grada
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Black '47 and Beyond
By Cormac O Grada

Black '47 and Beyond

The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy and Memory

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Black '47 and Beyond by Cormac O Grada

Book Awards

  • Winner of ACIS James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences 2000.
  • Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 1999.

Book Description

Here Ireland's premier economic historian and one of the leading authorities on the Great Irish Famine examines the most lethal natural disaster to strike Europe in the nineteenth century. Between the mid-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, the food source that we still call the Irish potato had allowed the fastest population growth in the whole of Western Europe. As vividly described in O Grada's new work, the advent of the blight phytophthora infestans transformed the potato from an emblem of utility to a symbol of death by starvation. The Irish famine peaked in Black '47, but it brought misery and increased mortality to Ireland for several years. Central to Irish and British history, European demography, the world history of famines, and the story of American immigration, the Great Irish Famine is presented here from a variety of new perspectives. Moving away from the traditional narrative historical approach to the catastrophe, O Grada concentrates instead on fresh insights available through interdisciplinary and comparative methods. He highlights several economic and sociological features of the famine previously neglected in the literature, such as the part played by traders and markets, by medical science, and by migration. Other topics include how the Irish climate, usually hospitable to the potato, exacerbated the failure of the crops in 1845-1847, and the controversial issue of Britain's failure to provide adequate relief to the dying Irish. O Grada also examines the impact on urban Dublin of what was mainly a rural disaster and offers a critical analysis of the famine as represented in folk memory and tradition. The broad scope of this book is matched by its remarkable range of sources, published and archival. The book will be the starting point for all future research into the Irish famine.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691070155
ISBN-10: 0691070156
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Tears from Iron by Cormac O Grada Tears from Iron, Hardback (April 2008)

The massive drought/famine that killed at least ten million people in north China during the late 1870s remains one of China's most severe disasters and provides a window through which to study the social side of a nation's tragedy. This book presents the history of a horrific famine that took place and focuses on cultural responses to trauma.

Ireland's Great Famine by Cormac O Grada Ireland's Great Famine, Paperback (July 2005)

Discussing the topics associated with Ireland's Great Famine of 1846-52, this title contains essays that include: trends in living standards before the famine; the impact on landlords; the characteristics of famine mortality; the market for potatoes; the role of migration as disaster relief; and the New York Irish in the wake of the famine.

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