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The Great Hunger By Cecil Woodham-Smith

The Great Hunger by Cecil Woodham-Smith

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The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, perhaps the most appalling event of the Victorian era, killed over a million people and drove as many more to emigrate to America. The impact on Anglo-Irish relations was incalculable, the immediate human cost almost inconceivable. This book provides a definitive account.

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The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith

The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, perhaps the most appalling event of the Victorian era, killed over a million people and drove as many more to emigrate to America. It may not have been the result of deliberate government policy, yet British 'obtuseness, short-sightedness and ignorance' - and stubborn commitment to laissez-faire 'solutions' - largely caused the disaster and prevented any serious efforts to relieve suffering. The continuing impact on Anglo-Irish relations was incalculable, the immediate human cost almost inconceivable. In this vivid and disturbing book Cecil Woodham-Smith provides the definitive account.

'A moving and terrible book. It combines great literary power with great learning. It explains much in modern Ireland - and in modern America' D.W. Brogan.

About Cecil Woodham-Smith

Cecil Blanche Woodman-Smith was a British historian and author of popular history books on the Victorian era, including The Great Hunger, Queen Victoria, The Reason Why, and Thin Men of Hadda. She was appointed CBE in 1960, and received honorary doctorates from the National University of Ireland and the University of St. Andrews. She died in 1977.

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GOR010315410
The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith
Used - Like New
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1991-05-30
528
014014515X
9780140145151
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