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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages, 1 map; portraits
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/05/1991
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780140145151