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The Great Famine: Irish Perspectives

John Gibney

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Pen and Sword
01 November 2018
History; British & Irish history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Social & cultural history; Famine
The Irish potato famine of the 1840s - the 'Great Famine' or 'An gorta mor' - is one of the defining events in modern Irish history. Over a five-year period a population of 8.2 million was reduced to 6.5 million through starvation, disease and emigration. The famine permanently changed one of the constituent parts of the United Kingdom as it then stood and its legacies of depopulation, socio-economic and cultural change, political resentment, and the expansion through mass emigration of an Irish 'diaspora' in Britain, North America and the British Empire still have a resonance today.

Now, in the first installment of a new collaboration between Pen and Sword and History Ireland magazine, some of the world's leading experts on the Great Famine explore the crisis from a range of perspectives. From the importance of the potato in Irish history, to food exports, political change, the provision of charity, the impact of disease, the role of the authorities, the experience of emigration and the changing interpretation of the famine, this volume explores how this seminal event in Irish, British and world history still has a relevance to the globalised world of the twenty-first century.
Edited by:   John Gibney
Imprint:   Pen and Sword
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781526736635
ISBN 10:   1526736632
Series:   Irish Perspectives
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Gibney is an editor for History Ireland, the leading Irish history magazine publisher based in Dublin. Covering a wide variety of topics from leading experts in their field, 'Irish Perspectives' bridges the gap to bring more of Ireland's rich history to the UK market.

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