A Death-Dealing Famine The Great Hunger in Ireland

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Pub. Date: 1997-03-20
Publisher(s): PLUTO PRESS
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Summary

Famine expert Christine Kinealy examines the influences that shaped the responses to the Famine of 1845-52. The key factors she analyses include political ideologies; providentialist ideas that read the potato blight as a judgement from God; opportunistic interpretations; the role of civil servants, Irish landlords and merchants.

Author Biography

Dr Christine Kinealy teaches history at the University of Central Lancashire and has also taught at the University of Liverpool and universities in Dublin and Belfast. She is the author of The Great Calamity: The Irish Famine, 1845–52 (Roberts Reinhart, 1994) and has written for History Ireland and the New York-based Irish Echo.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
1 The Great Hunger in Ireland. Ideologies and Interpretations
1(15)
2 `A State of Degradation'. Pre-Famine Ireland
16(25)
The Political Background: Dispossession and Disunity
17(7)
Union and Discord
24(5)
The Pre-Famine Economy
29(7)
Poverty, Population and Poor Relief
36(5)
3 Rotten Potatoes and the Politics of Relief
41(25)
Pre-Famine Famines
42(6)
Potatoes and the Coming of Blight
48(5)
Peel and the Politics of Repeal
53(6)
The Provision of Relief
59(7)
4 Putrefying Vegetation and `Queen's Pay'
66(26)
Party Politics and the Triumph of Ideology
67(4)
The `Male' Roads and `Queen's Pay'
71(6)
Food Supplies and Food Exports
77(6)
Food Shortages and Famine Elsewhere
83(9)
5 `Black'47'
92(26)
The Crisis of Starvation
92(6)
Soup or Starvation?
98(8)
Private Philanthropy
106(12)
6 `The Expatriation of a People'
118(17)
Property Supporting Poverty
119(6)
The Impact of Famine
125(5)
The Press and British Public Opinion
130(5)
7 `A Policy of Extermination'
135(16)
The Prodigal Son
136(5)
`An Army of Beggars'. The Rate-in-Aid Issue
141(5)
The Flight from Ireland: Emigration
146(2)
The Cost of the Famine
148(3)
Epilogue `The Famine Killed Everything' 151(5)
Note on Further Reading 156(2)
Notes 158(23)
Index 181

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