The Great Hunger

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Edition: Revised
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1995-01-01
Publisher(s): Penguin Group USA
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Summary

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 #145;obtuseness, short-sightedness and ignorance#146; -- and stubborn commitment to laissez-faire #145;solutions#146; -- 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.#145;A moving and terrible book. It combines great literary power with great learning. It explains much in modern Ireland -- and in modern America#146; D.W. Brogan.

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