The Great Irish Famine

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 28, 1995 - History - 108 pages
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The Irish Famine of 1846-50 was one of the great disasters of the nineteenth century. Cormac Ó Gráda's concise survey puts the Famine in the context of the Irish economy, assesses the Famine itself, and discusses its many consequences. Despite a devastating food shortage, the huge death toll of one million was hardly inevitable; a less doctrinaire attitude to famine relief could perhaps have saved many lives. This book provides an up-to-date introduction to an event of major importance in the history of nineteenth-century Ireland and Britain.

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Cormac O Grada is professor of economics at University College Dublin. His books include "Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce" (Princeton); "Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory" (Princeton); and "Ireland: A New Economic History, 1780-1939.

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