The History of the Irish Famine

This volume seeks to counterbalance the recent historiographical focus on the Great Irish Famine which has overshadowed the impact of other periods of subsistence crisis, both before 1845 and after 1852.

The History of the Irish Famine

The Great Irish Famine remains one of the most lethal famines in modern world history and a watershed moment in the development of modern Ireland – socially, politically, demographically and culturally. In the space of only four years, Ireland lost twenty-five per cent of its population as a consequence of starvation, disease and large-scale emigration. Certain aspects of the Famine remain contested and controversial, for example the issue of the British government’s culpability, proselytism, and the reception of emigrants. However, recent historiographical focus on this famine has overshadowed the impact of other periods of subsistence crisis, both before 1845 and after 1852. This volume examines how the failure of the potato crop in the late 1840s led to the mass exodus of 2.1 million people between 1845 and 1855. They left for destinations as close as Britain and as far as the United States, Canada and Australia, and heralded an era of mass migration which saw another 4.5 million leave for foreign destinations over the next half-century. How they left, how they settled in the host countries and their experiences with the local populations are as wide and varied as the numbers who left and, using extensive primary sources, this volume analyses and assesses this in the context of the emigrants themselves and in the new countries they moved.

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The History of the Irish Famine
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Gerard Moran
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-20 - Publisher: Routledge

The Great Irish Famine remains one of the most lethal famines in modern world history and a watershed moment in the development of modern Ireland – socially, politically, demographically and culturally. In the space of only four years, Ireland lost twenty-five per cent of its population as a consequence of
The Irish Potato Famine
Language: en
Pages: 46
Authors: Charles River Charles River Editors
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-01-25 - Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the Famine written by survivors and newspapers *Includes a bibliography for further reading "I have called it an artificial famine: that is to say, it was a famine which desolated a rich and fertile island that produced every year abundance and superabundance to sustain all
A Pocket History of the Irish Famine
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Fiona Biggs
Categories: Ireland
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-02-02 - Publisher: Gill & Company

The Great Famine, an Gorta Mór in Irish, was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. Often referred to as the Irish Potato Famine, particularly outside Ireland, as around forty percent of the population were reliant on this crop. Over a million people
Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-52
Language: en
Pages: 710
Authors: John Crowley, William J. Smyth
Categories: Famines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher:

The Great Irish Famine is the most pivotal event in modern Irish history, with implications that cannot be underestimated. Over a million people perished between 1845-1852, and well over a million others fled to other locales within Europe and America. By 1850, the Irish made up a quarter of the
The Great Irish Potato Famine
Language: en
Pages: 292
Authors: James S. Donnelly
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited

This comprehensive account explores British responsibility for the mass eviction, death, and emigration along with the memory of the famine in Ireland and the Diaspora in the fifty years following.