The Famine Plot

The Famine Plot

England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy

Book - 2012
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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: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
ISBN: 9780230109520
Branch Call Number: 941.5081 COOGA


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Dec 05, 2015

Summary: The rich and powerful thought nothing - truly nothing - of murdering those of us they considered sub human. Yep. Maybe this is a good read for anyone who believes that white Christian Europeans could never have been subject to state-sponsored murder and persecution, with generations of impact. I knew it before I started reading. But will anyone who doesn't already know even pick this up?

ColinSick Apr 29, 2014

Tim Pat Coogan lays the blame for the Irish Famine directly at the feet of the London gov't. Following the dictates of market economics and with the belief that God was punishing the native population, a depopulated Ireland was a desired result. It is a fact that while millions of |Irish were starving the country was continuing to export food to sate the English cities. The roots of Ireland's physical force tradition had its roots strengthened in this period Coogan's book tends to be repetitive, perhaps a flushed out essay. Listen to the proclamations of English officials and compare them to the utterances of today's neo-cons. See any similarities?....
I've learned all through
That England's to blame
And so I will play my part
In the Patriot's Game.


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