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Author Coogan, Tim Pat, 1935-

Title The famine plot : England's role in Ireland's greatest tragedy / Tim Pat Coogan.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  941.5 COOGAN    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  941.5081 COO    In Transit
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  941.5081 COOGAN    Check Shelf
 Rocky Hill, Cora J. Belden Library - Adult Department  941.5081 COOGAN    Check Shelf
 Windsor Locks Public Library - Adult Department  941.508 COO    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  941.5081 CO    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xi, 276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [258]-270) and index.
Contents Setting the scene -- Born to filth -- A million deaths of no use -- Five actors and the orchards of hell -- Meal use -- Evictions -- The work schemes -- The workhouse -- Soup and souperism -- The Poor Law cometh -- Landlords targeted -- Emigration : escape by coffin ship -- The Propaganda of famine.
Summary "A bold new history of the great famine that holds the British government accountable"--Jacket.
"During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, Ireland experienced the worst disaster a nation could suffer. Fully a quarter of its citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated, with so many dying en route that it was said, "you can walk dry shod to America on their bodies." In this grand, sweeping narrative, Ireland's best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, gives a fresh and comprehensive account of one of the darkest chapters in world history, arguing that Britain was in large part responsible for the extent of the national tragedy, and in fact engineered the food shortage in one of the earliest cases of ethnic cleansing. So strong was anti-Irish sentiment in the mainland that the English parliament referred to the famine as 'God's lesson.' Drawing on recently uncovered sources, and with the sharp eye of a seasoned historian, Coogan delivers fresh insights into the famine's causes, recounts its unspeakable events, and delves into the legacy of the "famine mentality" that followed immigrants across the Atlantic to the shores of the United States and had lasting effects on the population left behind. This is a broad, magisterial history of a tragedy that shook the nineteenth century and still impacts the worldwide Irish diaspora of nearly 80 million people today." -- Publisher description
Subject Ireland -- History -- Famine, 1845-1852 -- Historiography.
Famines -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century -- Historiography.
Ireland -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780230109520
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