The Great Hunger

The Great Hunger
Author : Cecil Woodham-Smith
Publisher : Penguin Books
Total Pages : 528
Release : 1992-09-01
ISBN 10 : 014014515X
ISBN 13 : 9780140145151
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Hunger Book Description:

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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