The Great Famine Ireland's Agony 1845-1852

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Pub. Date: 2013-07-04
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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The Great Famine: Ireland's Agony examines this enormous human calamity anew. Beginning with the coming of the potato blight in 1845 and the resulting harvest failures that left the country's impoverished population numb with shock as well as foodless, it explores government relief measures that so often failed to meet the needs of the poor, leading in fact to many more deaths.The book charts the horrific realities of Ireland's pauper-crammed workhouses, the mass clearances of the later Famine period and the great waves of panic-driven emigration that in a few short years combined to empty the country of its once teeming population.

Drawing on eyewitness accounts, official reports, newspapers and private diaries, the focus of the book rests on the experiences of those who suffered and died during the Famine, and on those who suffered and survived.

This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand Europe's greatest nineteenth century population disaster and its long term consequences.

Author Biography

Ciarán Ó Murchadha is a specialist in modern Irish history.His earlier Famine study, Sable Wings over the Land (1998), has been acclaimed as opening new ground in the study of the Great Famine.

Table of Contents

1. An Emerging People: The Pre-Famine Irish
2. A Long Farewell to the White Potatoes: The Coming of the Blight
3. One Wide Waste of Putrefying Vegetation: The Second Failure of the Potato
4. The Blessed Effects of Political Economy: Public Works and Soup Kitchens
5. Emaciated Frames and Livid Countenances: From Fever Pandemic to Amended Poor Law
6. Asylum by the Neighbouring Ditches: The Famine Clearances
7. Leaving this Land of Plagues: The Famine Emigrations
8. Exiled from Humanity: The Last Years of the Famine
9. The Murdered Sleeping Silently: Aftermath
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