Summary: 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 cont ...show moreinuing 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. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 91
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