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Title:
The great Irish potato famine
Author:
Donnelly, James S.
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Publication Information:
Phoenix Mill, Gloucestershire : Sutton Publishing, 2001.
Physical Description:
xii, 292 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780750926324
Format :
Book

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Summary

The great Irish potato famine of the late 1840s and early 1850s was a massive social catastrophe which resulted in the death of about one million people - a scale of mortality which, taking into account the scale of Ireland's population in 1845, places this disaster among the worst in modern world history. The famine was also largely responsible, in conjunction with British government politics, for one of the great international human migrations in modern history - the mass exodus of some two million people from Ireland, mostly to North America, in the years 1845-55.


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Library Journal Review

The Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, one of the major human catastrophes of modern times, has been popularly perceived as a genocide attributable to the British government's actions and failures to act. In professional historical circles, however, such thinking was dismissed for many years, as evidenced by the scathing academic response to Cecil Woodham-Smith's 1963 classic, The Great Hunger: Ireland, 1845-49, which, in addition to presenting a vivid and horrifying picture of the human suffering, made strong accusations against the British government and its officials. Donnelly (Irish history, Univ. of Wisconsin) has written an intelligent, thought-provoking, and well-written book that, among other things, is a very useful survey and synthesis of the current debates about and researches into the origins and causes of the famine. Donnelly supports Cecil-Woodham's charges of British governmental sins of both omission and commission in the famine but puts those charges in a broader context, including discussion of class and regional influences on the famine in Ireland itself. The chapter notes, indexing, and bibliography are of good quality. This book would be an excellent choice to accompany and update The Great Hunger. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries. Charlie Cowling, Drake Memorial Lib., SUNY at Brockport (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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