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The Great Famine

The Great Famine

R. Dudley Edwards and T. Desmond Williams, Editors

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’The Great Famine may be justly described as a pioneer work, amply documented, careful in its examination of evidence... cumulative in its impact upon the reader’ - Nicholas Mansergh, Irish Historical Studies

With this landmark contribution, the history of the Irish Famine is taken out of the hands of 'the political commentator, the ballad singer, and the unknown maker of folk-tales' and placed on a scholarly footing.

Thus, one of the great disasters of the nineteenth century, and a watershed of modern Irish history, receives its true, authoritative measure.

First published in 1956 and long since out of print, this classic work of Irish history, originally intended to commemorate the Famine centenary, brought together several brilliant young Irish academics - Dudley Edwards, Oliver MacDonagh, R.B. McDowell, Roger McHugh, Theodore Moody, Kevin Nowlan, T.P. O'Neill and Desmond Williams - who were soon to become leaders in their field. Life in early nineteenth-century Ireland, analysis of the political background, the organization and distribution of relief, the causes and extent of emigration, the medical history of malnutrition, and an account of the Famine in oral tradition - all are pioneering, enduring contributions to the subject, illustrated by the Goyaesque iconography of steel engravings from The Illustrated London News.

This new edition, which marks the sesquicentenary of the Famine, includes a historiographical introduction rehearsing the original book's protracted genesis and impact, and a bibliography which notes the research and accomplishments of a more recent generation of scholars.

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Author R. Dudley Edwards and T. Desmond Williams, Editors
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 31 Dec 1994
Format Paperback with flaps
ISBN/EAN 9780946640942

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