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The Great Hunger : Ireland: 1845-1849
by Cecil Woodham-Smith


Overview - The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, perhaps the most appalling event of the Victorian era, killed over a million 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, perhaps the most appalling event of the Victorian era, killed over a million 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 Cecil Woodham-Smith provides the definitive account. 'A moving and terrible book. It combines great literary power with great learning. It explains much in modern Ireland - and in modern America' D.W. Brogan.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140145151
  • ISBN-10: 014014515X
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: January 1995
  • Page Count: 528
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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