The Great Hunger

The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849

Paperback (30 May 1991) | English

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Synopsis

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 'obtuseness, short-sightedness and ignorance' - and stubborn commitment to laissez-faire 'solutions' - 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.

'A moving and terrible book. It combines great literary power with great learning. It explains much in modern Ireland - and in modern America' D.W. Brogan.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780140145151
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.809415
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Sales rank: 3246
Number of pages: 510
Weight: 364g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 23mm