This Great Calamity: The Great Irish Famine: The Irish Famine 1845-52

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Gill & Macmillan Ltd, May 2, 2006 - History - 504 pages

The Great Famine of 1845-52 was the most decisive event in the history of modern Ireland. In a country of eight million people, the Famine caused the death of approximately one million, while a similar number were forced to emigrate. The Irish population fell to just over four million by the beginning of the twentieth century.

Christine Kinealy's survey is long established as the most complete, scholarly survey of the Great Famine yet produced. First published in 1994, This Great Calamity remains an exhaustive and indefatigable look into the event that defined Ireland as we know it today.

 

Contents

Background The Rags and Wretched Cabins of Ireland 1845
A Blight of Unusual Character 18456
We Cannot Feed the People 18467
Making Property Support Poverty 18489
The General Advancement of the Country 184952
Their Sorrowful Pilgrimage Emigration 184755
Conclusion 184552
List of Maps
The Deplorable Consequences of This Great Calamity 18467
Expedients Well Nigh Exhausted 18478
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Professor Christine Kinealy is a highly regarded writer and lecturer. In 1984, she earned her Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin, writing on the introduction of the Poor Law in Ireland. Kinealy has written extensively about the Great Hunger and its impact, most notably in This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52, and has spoken to both the US Congress and British Parliament on the Famine. In addition to the Great Hunger, her topics include nineteenth-century Ireland, the revolutions of 1848, Daniel O'Connell, Irish-American nationalism, and memory and commemoration in Irish history. Since September 2007, Kinealy has been a tenured professor at Drew University's Caspersen Graduate School in Madison, NJ. She has written over 16 books on Irish and Irish-American history and numerous scholarly articles.

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