A Death-dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland

A Death-dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland

By: Christine Kinealy (author)Paperback

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'One of the outstanding historians of modern Ireland ...Anyone who wants to understand the making of modern Ireland should read Kinealy's book.' Irish Democrat 'Tremendous ...An invaluable addition to that small collection of books which help us look at ourselves through our own eyes, giving us the right to feel hurt and angry, a right taken away from us, and which still, sadly, has to be fought for.' Andersonstown News 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.

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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.


1. Introduction 2. The great Hunger in Ireland: Ideologies and Interpretations 3. A State of Degradation The Pre-Famine Ireland-- The Political background, Dispossession and Disunity: Union and Discord: The Pre famine Economy: Poverty, Population and Poor relief 4. Rotten Potatoes and the Politics of relief: Pre Famine Famines: Potatoes and the Coming of the blight: Peel and Politics of repeal: The Provision of relief 5. Putrefying vegetation and Queens Pay: Party Politics and the Triumph of Ideology: The 'Male Roads' and Queens Pay': Food Supplies and Food Exports: Food Shortages and Famine Elsewhere 6. Black 47: The crisis of Starvation: Soup or Starvation: Private Philanthropy 7. The Expatriation of a People: Property Supporting Poverty: The Impact of Famine: The Press and Public opinion 8. A Policy of Extermination: The prodigal Son: The Army of beggars: The flight form Ireland. Emigration: the Cost of Famine Epilogue: The Famine Killed Everything

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/07/1996
  • ISBN13: 9780745310749
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9780745310749
  • weight: 286
  • ISBN10: 0745310745

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