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"The Visitation of God?

Potato and the Great Irish Famine

Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd, Dublin, Ireland
Published: 1st Jan 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0946640939
ISBN-13: 9780946640935
Barcode No: 9780946640935
The dramatic failure of the potato crop in mid-19th century Europe caused widespread hunger and distress. In Ireland the impact was probably the greatest, where a million people died and many more emigrated. In this book, Austin Bourke seeks to explain how, from being welcomed originally as a protection against hunger, the potato became the very emblem of famine. The text brings together the author's papers, essays and research spanning a 30-year period. It places the onset of potato blight in its European and American context and reconsiders the role of English ministers and their attempt to stem the disaster.

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