The Great Irish Famine
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Great Irish Famine by Cormac O Grada
Book DescriptionThe Irish Famine of 1846-50 was one of the great disasters of the nineteenth century, whose notoriety spreads as far as the mass emigration which followed it. Cormac O'Grada's concise survey suggests that a proper understanding of the disaster requires an analysis of the Irish economy before the invasion of the potato-killing fungus, Phytophthora infestans, highlighting Irish poverty and the importance of the potato, but also finding signs of economic progress before the Famine. Despite the massive decline in availability of food, the huge death toll of one million (from a population of 8.5 million) was hardly inevitable; there are grounds for supporting the view that a less doctrinaire attitude to famine relief would have saved many lives. This book provides an up-to-date introduction by a leading expert to an event of major importance in the history of nineteenth-century Ireland and Britain.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521557870
(216mm x 138mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Cormac O Grada
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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, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by Cormac O Grada
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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