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Stranger On A Train
10-26-2005, 02:59 PM
I'm looking for a good, fairly comprehensive starting source on the Irish Great Hunger of 1845-49, and in particular the British policies leading up to it and ramifications (the "Irish Diaspora") resulting from it. I've read O'Grada's An Economic History of Ireland, but I'm looking for something more specific, and that is still in print. Any suggestions from the historians out there?

Stranger

Frank
10-26-2005, 03:08 PM
I'm torn between GQ and CS.

*flips coin*

Moved from IMHO to GQ

CalMeacham
10-26-2005, 03:26 PM
Cecil Woodham-Smith's the Great Hunger is one I've had recommended (I saw it in all the bookstores, it seems, in Dublin). I've read it, and am very impressed:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014014515X/103-9306395-7540623?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance

CBCD
10-26-2005, 04:00 PM
Cecil Woodham-Smith's the Great Hunger is one I've had recommended (I saw it in all the bookstores, it seems, in Dublin). I've read it, and am very impressed:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014014515X/103-9306395-7540623?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance

I second CalMeacheam's recommendation of The Great Hunger. It's a well-written, riveting history.

Woodham-Smith's account of the Charge of the Light Brigrade, The Reason Why (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140012788/qid=1130360138/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-0515338-3315346?v=glance&s=books), is also top notch reading. She's an excellent writer.

Stranger On A Train
10-26-2005, 04:02 PM
I'm torn between GQ and CS.

*flips coin*

Moved from IMHO to GQSorry, Model; I had the same internal debate, but figured it was more of an opinion/survey than a GQ topic and being a little to genecidal for Cafe sprecht. Gabhaim pardún agat!


Cecil Woodham-Smith's the Great Hunger is one I've had recommendedI was looking at this one; there are some equivical comments on Amazon but it also seems to address the political issues rather than just treating it as an incidental famine. Thanks; I'll look for this one at the bookstore.

Stranger

Can Handle the Truth
10-27-2005, 01:48 AM
Woodham-Smith's account of the Charge of the Light Brigrade, The Reason Why (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140012788/qid=1130360138/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-0515338-3315346?v=glance&s=books), is also top notch reading. She's an excellent writer.This book also has a chapter on the Great Hunger, as Lord Lucan had estates in Ireland. Some of the descriptions of the sufferers bring to mind scenes from Night of the Living Dead:
... six famished and ghastly skeletons, to all appearance dead... I approached in horror and found by a low moaning that they were alive... In a few minutes I was surrounded by at least 200 such phantoms, such frightful spectres as no words can describe. By far the greater number were delirious either from famine or fever.
I can recollect being awakened in the early morning by a strange noise, like the croaking or chattering of many birds... and on looking out of the window I recollect seeing the garden and the field in front of the house completely darkened by a population of men, women and children, squatting in rags, skeleton limbs protruding everywhere... and clamorous though faint voices uplifted for food...

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