The Great Hunger : Ireland, 1845-1849

Author(s): Cecil Woodham-Smith

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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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General Fields

  • : 9780140145151
  • : Penguin Group USA
  • : Penguin Group USA
  • : January 1995
  • : 1.50000mm X 5.25000mm X 8.00000mm
  • : February 1995
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 528
  • : 2018
  • : Paperback
  • : Cecil Woodham-Smith