The Famine Plot

The Famine Plot
Title The Famine Plot PDF eBook
Author Tim Pat Coogan
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Pages 288
Release 2012-11-27
Genre History
ISBN 1137045175

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During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, Ireland experienced the worst disaster a nation could suffer. Fully a quarter of its citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated, with so many dying en route that it was said, "you can walk dry shod to America on their bodies." In this grand, sweeping narrative, Ireland''s best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, gives a fresh and comprehensive account of one of the darkest chapters in world history, arguing that Britain was in large part responsible for the extent of the national tragedy, and in fact engineered the food shortage in one of the earliest cases of ethnic cleansing. So strong was anti-Irish sentiment in the mainland that the English parliament referred to the famine as "God's lesson." Drawing on recently uncovered sources, and with the sharp eye of a seasoned historian, Coogan delivers fresh insights into the famine's causes, recounts its unspeakable events, and delves into the legacy of the "famine mentality" that followed immigrants across the Atlantic to the shores of the United States and had lasting effects on the population left behind. This is a broad, magisterial history of a tragedy that shook the nineteenth century and still impacts the worldwide Irish diaspora of nearly 80 million people today.




The Famine Plot

The Famine Plot
Title The Famine Plot PDF eBook
Author Tim Pat Coogan
Publisher Macmillan
Pages 298
Release 2012-11-27
Genre History
ISBN 0230109527

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Combines the latest research with a narrative account of the Great Famine that identifies Britain's role in the national tragedy and how the famine still impacts the worldwide Irish diaspora of today.




Ireland

Ireland
Title Ireland PDF eBook
Author Samuel C. Hall
Publisher
Pages 608
Release 1843
Genre
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Famine Echoes – Folk Memories of the Great Irish Famine

Famine Echoes – Folk Memories of the Great Irish Famine
Title Famine Echoes – Folk Memories of the Great Irish Famine PDF eBook
Author Cathal Poirteir
Publisher Gill & Macmillan Ltd
Pages 345
Release 1995-09-01
Genre History
ISBN 0717165841

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Famine Echoes is a groundbreaking oral account of the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845–52, telling the stories of its victims for the first time ever in their own words and those of their descendants. 'When the potato crop failed no other food was available and the people perished by the hundreds of thousands, along the roadside, in the ditches, in the fields from hunger and cold, and what was even worse – the famine fever. The strongest men were reduced to mere skeletons and they could be met daily with the clothes hanging on them like ghosts.' The Great Irish Famine is the greatest tragedy in Irish history. Over one million people died and nearly two million emigrated as a result. Famine Echoes gives a voice to its victims, offering a unique perspective on the Great Hunger, the defining event of modern Irish history. In Famine Echoes, descendants of Famine survivors recall the community memories of the great hunger in their own words, conveying like never before the heartbreak and horrors their relatives experienced. This remarkable book, a seminal record of the oral transmission of folk memory, is a record of the last living link with the survivors of Ireland's most devastating historical event. In the 1940s, the Folklore Commission conducted interviews with thousands of elderly people around Ireland who remembered what they themselves had heard from ancestors who had survived the Famine. Cathal Póirtéir has edited a selection of these recollections, arranging the material in an order which follows the rough chronology of the Famine itself. Famine Echoes is published to coincide with the RTÉ Radio series of the same name. Famine Echoes: Table of Contents - Folk Memory and the Famine - Before the Bad Times - Abundance Abused and the Blight - Turnips, Blood, Herbs and Fish - 'No Sin and You Starving' - Mouths Stained Green - 'The Fever, God Bless Us' - The Paupers and the Poorhouse - Boilers, Stirabout and 'Yellow Male' - New Lines and 'Male Roads' - 'Soupers', 'Jumpers' and 'Cat Breacs' - The Bottomless Coffin and the Famine Pit - Landlords, Grain and Government - Agents, Grabbers and Gombeen Men - 'A Terrible Levelling of Houses' - The Coffin Ships and the Going Away - Of Curses, Kindness and Miraculous FoodAppendix I Appendix II




The Great Irish Famine: A History in Documents

The Great Irish Famine: A History in Documents
Title The Great Irish Famine: A History in Documents PDF eBook
Author Karen Sonnelitter
Publisher Broadview Press
Pages 234
Release 2018-10-30
Genre History
ISBN 1770486887

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In the fall of 1845, a mysterious blight ravaged Ireland’s potato harvest, beginning a prolonged period of starvation, suffering, and emigration that reduced the Irish population by as much as twenty-five per cent in a mere six years. The Famine profoundly impacted Ireland’s social and political history and altered its relationships with the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. This document collection provides a broad selection of historical perspectives depicting the causes, the course, and the impact of the Famine. Letters, speeches, newspaper articles, and other works are collected within, carefully described and annotated for the reader. A substantial introduction, a chronology of events, and a useful glossary are also included to aid in the interpretation of the primary texts.




Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History

Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History
Title Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History PDF eBook
Author Mary Kelly
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Pages 289
Release 2013-11-18
Genre History
ISBN 1442226080

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Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory offers a new, concise interpretation of the history of the Irish in America. Author and distinguished professor Mary Kelly’s book is the first synthesized volume to track Ireland’s Great Famine within America’s immigrant history, and to consider the impact of the Famine on Irish ethnic identity between the mid-1800s and the end of the twentieth century. Moving beyond traditional emphases on Irish-American cornerstones such as church, party, and education, the book maps the Famine’s legacy over a century and a half of settlement and assimilation. This is the first attempt to contextualize a painful memory that has endured fitfully, and unquestionably, throughout Irish-American historical experience.




The Dreadful Monster and its Poor Relations

The Dreadful Monster and its Poor Relations
Title The Dreadful Monster and its Poor Relations PDF eBook
Author Julian Hoppit
Publisher Penguin UK
Pages 218
Release 2021-05-27
Genre Business & Economics
ISBN 0241434432

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'An invaluable primer to some of the underlying tensions behind contemporary political debate' Financial Times It has always been an important part of British self-image to see the United Kingdom as an ancient, organic and sensibly managed place, in striking contrast to the convulsions of other European countries. Yet, as Julian Hoppit makes clear in this fascinating and surprising book, beneath the complacent surface the United Kingdom has in fact been in a constant, often very tense argument with itself about how it should be run and, most significantly, who should pay for what. The book takes its argument from an eighteenth century cartoon which shows the central state as the 'Dreadful Monster', gorging itself at the dinner table on all the taxes it can grab. Meanwhile the 'Poor Relations' - Scotland, Wales and Ireland, both poor because of tax but also poor in the sense of needing special treatment - are viewed in London as an endless 'drain on the state'. With drastically different levels of prosperity, population, industry, agriculture and accessibility between the United Kingdom's different nations, what is a fair basis for paying for the state?