Seeds of Revolution The Culture and Politics of the Great Famine in the Irish Northwestby Vincent, Joan
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Seeds of Revolution presents a radically new and original perspective on the Great Irish Famine. Drawing on social, political and medical history, anthropology, and literature, the volume explores the "political orchestration" of what is generally considered one of the great natural disasters of recent times. Focusing on official British famine relief policy and practice, the book examines the implementation, reception and, in some cases, the rejection of famine relief policy by both the Irish Executive in Dublin and the local people in the Irish northwest. In the process, the study shows how the famine was used to advance professional and political agendas, and to solidify new class divisions.
Joan Vincent is Professor Emerita, Barnard College, Columbia University.
Table of Contents
|The Dialectics of Reform|
|Modernity and Distress|
|Poor Law Impositions: Legislating Modernity|
|The Crisis of November 1845|
|Feeding the Hungry and Paying the Price|
|'The Earth is Softened for the Grave'|
|The Workhouse System under Siege|
|The Medico-Moral Dilemma|
|Shallows and Silences|
|Poor Law Desolation Disillusion/Dissolution|
|The Other Side of Silence|
|The Grey Years|
|The Terror of the Possible (1848)|
|Dublin Castle: The Poor Law under Siege|
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