The Great Hunger : Ireland 1845-1849, Paperback

The Great Hunger : Ireland 1845-1849 Paperback



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
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780140145151



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