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The Great Irish Potato Famine

The Great Irish Potato Famine

by James S. Donnelly Jr.
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This is an account of the Great Irish Potato Famine of the late 1840s, a famine which resulted in the death of about one million people and was also largely responsible, in conjunction with British government policies, for one of the great international human migrations of British history—the mass exodus of some two million people from Ireland, mostly to North America, in the years 1845–1855. This book combines narrative, analysis, historiography, and scores of contemporary illustrations. This work aims to provide an insight into the misery of the famine and the nightmare of mass evictions that followed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750929288
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 441,793
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

James S. Donnelly, Jr, is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the most prolific and wide-ranging historians of Ireland, he is the author of The Land and the People of Nineteenth-Century Cork, which was awarded the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association). He is a coeditor of the journal Eire-Ireland.

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The Great Irish Potato Famine 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RIF222 More than 1 year ago
If you want to know about this event from all points of view, then this is the book for you. It is not a novel or story in any way. It is a leaarning experience. It has great detail about the famine as seen from the eyes of the all Irish sects, the English and even America and how it affected more of the world than just Ireland. It is enlightening intellectually. I thought I was getting a book in more of a novel form. I did however read the entire book as I was interested in the famine. It seems unbiased, but portrays how the famine was looked upon by the different peoples and how the Irish did and did not cope with it. It was so tragic for much of the country and you can understand the resentment felt by those affected.
Anonymous 10 months ago
The book itself was very informative. Good as a textbook but maybe not as a novel. The quality of the book is horrible. Pages started falling out immediately in the paperback version. This book was required for my history class and others told me their book also had pages coming loose.
JJWALSH More than 1 year ago
There was no Famine in Ireland! There was plenty of Food. Milk, Cows, Sheep, Grain, Butter, Bread, Sea food. The problem is the British only allowed the Irish to sow Potatoes on their plots. They then made the Catholic Irish work for their Rent on the Proper land sowing Grain and other Stuff to feed their herds. The British then Exported all the Grain and products left over. Three times the Food needed for Ireland was exported. The Potato Blight was worse in Scotland and parts of Europe and nobody died there on account of it. The British did not allow other Countries to help. It was a "GENOCIDE" to wipe out Millions of Catholic Irish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago