Irelands agony examines this enormous human calamity anew. It caused numerous deaths due to starvation and disease and led to mass emigration from the island. In 1989 he contributed a set of chapters to the solid but not widely read a new history of ireland. Impact, ideology and rebellion british history in perspective 2001 by kinealy, christine isbn. The great irish famine of 184551 was both one of the most lethal famines in modern history and a watershed in the development of modern ireland. The great famine 18451849 was a watershed in the history of ireland. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Christine kinealy is a british historian, author, and founding director of irelands great hunger institute at quinnipiac university. Aug 03, 20 part two of a centuryspanning trilogy, the silent people follows dualta duane, an irishmen fleeing the authorities twenty years before the irish famine will wipe out a large fractin of the irish population. After the 150th anniversary of the great famine in 1995, a resurgence of interest in the tragedy manifested in the construction of more than. The great irish famine 184552 gill and macmillan, 1994 and 2006, repeal and revolution. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. The great hunger, the great famine, or better known as the irish potato famine, but it was about anything but potatoes. Christine kinealy, teacher jim masker, and author liz curtis.
Buy the great irish famine by christine kinealy from waterstones today. Though fairly few irish folk songs deal with the great famine and while the authenticity of those that remain cannot always be guaranteed, they nonetheless constitute valuable contemporary sources on the famine from the perspective of ordinary people. The atlas also seeks to situate the great irish famine in the context of a number of world famines. Across ireland famine became widespread, and the irish people suffered great horrors during this time. These are two books which, at first sight, bear certain similarities. Christine kinealys the great irish famine draws substantially on her 1997 survey a death. A girls haunting struggle for survival during the irish. Irish potato famine simple english wikipedia, the free. Strokestown and the great irish famine dublin, 2014 the irish land agent, 18301860. The crop failures were caused by late blight, a disease that destroys both the leaves. The great famines effect on irelands population britannica. Largely focusing on the oppressive practices of the english, this novel provides a good dose of action to counter the bleakness of its social realism. Remembering 20,000 famine refugees who died in 1847.
Oct 31, 2001 the potato famine of 184551 was a pivotal event in the development of modern ireland. The book is in two volumes, the first of which was written and originally published by toibin in 1999. This work explores the rise in crime, the food export controversy, the role of religion, the growth of the orange order, and. Ie is an irish based online bookstore offering a wide diverse range of books, new releases, bestsellers, bargains and rare books, with worldwide delivery. Many irish peasants relied on potato farming for their main source of food and income. The great famine of 184552 was the most decisive event in the history of modern ireland. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. It changed irish society forever, most strikingly by greatly reducing the population. Without the potato, they had little food to eat and no money to pay their rent, so great numbers of the irish poor found themselves hungry and homeless. Christine kinealy is a fellow of the university of liverpool. The artist who dared to paint irelands great famine. Outside ireland, it is usually called the irish potato famine. An important collection of essays examines the famine through a new filter, writes margaret kelleher. The great irish famine remains one of the most lethal famines in modern world history and a watershed moment in the development of modern ireland socially, politically, demographically and culturally.
The great irish famine by christine kinealy waterstones. The great famine and the way we remember it the irish times. The great irish famine was a turning point in history. The irish population fell to just over four million by the. As for famine fiction, eugene mccabes tales from the poorhouse 1999 should not be missed by anyone with an interest in the subject literary fiction, highly recommended. No aspect of irish life was untouched by the crisis. Some say the irish famine was not a genocide but a natural disaster, other heavily criticize the british response. The great irish famine ireland 1847 approved by the new jersey commission on holocaust education on september 10th, 1996, for inclusion in the holocaust and genocide curriculum at the secondary level.
May 27, 2010 the occasion was immigrant heritage week celebrated yearly in new york city a great time to remember and honor our immigrant forebears. To achieve these goals and understandings, the atlas includes contributions from a wide range of scholars who are experts in their fields from the arts, folklore, geography, history, archaeology, irish and english languages and literatures. The great famine also referred to as the great hunger, that lasted between 1845 and 1849 was arguably the single greatest disaster that affected the irish history the famine was caused by the potato blight fungus that was inadvertently brought over initially from north america to mainland europe and had eventually made its way to ireland during the summer of 1845. Synopsis the irish famine of 184552 was the most decisive event in the history of modern ireland and the last great sustenance crises in european history. My first point of contact was with the highly regarded irish famine historian dr christine kinealy, at quinnipiac university in connecticut who has gathered a stirring collection of famine. Prelude to hatred by thomas gallagher, atlas of the great irish famine by john crowley. Brady, interpreting irish historythe debate on historical revisionism dublin 1994. Irish potato famine, also known as the great famine, took place in ireland between 1845 and 1852. Id say the best general history of the famine period is james s. Oct 31, 2001 the great irish famine of 184551 was both one of the most lethal famines in modern history and a watershed in the development of modern ireland. Kinealy has written extensively about the great hunger and its impact, most notably in this great calamity. She was named one of the most influential irish americans in 2011 by irish america magazine. Books about the great irish famine charles egan author. The great irish famine of 184552 was the defining event in the history of modern ireland.
Dr ciaran reilly one of irelands leading researchers on the great famine and author of several books such as. The famine was caused by the potato blight, a funguslike organism which quickly destroyed the potatoes in ireland, and throughout europe. Cormac ogradas concise survey suggests that a proper understanding of the disaster requires an analysis of the irish economy before the invasion of the potatokilling fungus, phytophthora infestans, highlighting irish poverty and the. Irish famine video atlas of the great irish famine book. Christine kinealy joins tim to talk about a tragedy that reshaped the landscapes of ireland and the united states and canada. Jul 17, 2017 a girls haunting struggle for survival during the irish potato famine. Beginning with the coming of the potato blight in 1845 and the resulting harvest failures that left the countrys impoverished population numb with shock as well as foodless, it explores government relief measures that so often failed to meet the needs of the poor, leading in fact to many more deaths. The 20 books every irish american should read the new york. Inspire a love of reading with prime book box for kids discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1. Christine kinealy is a professor in history in the department of humanities at the university of central lancashire. Author, historian with a strong interest in the great irish famine, the killing snows, the exile breed, cold is the dawn.
This book based on a wide range of littleused sources demonstrates how the famine profoundly affected many aspects of irish life. The irish famine of 184552 was the most decisive event in the history of modern ireland and the last great sustenance crises in european history. Apr, 2019 the irish potato famine, which in ireland became known as the great hunger, was a turning point in irish history. Acclaimed scholar christine kinealy, whose work has shed new light on forgotten elements of irish history, talks with daphne wolf about growing up irish in liverpool and her tireless research towards setting the.
We look at the facts of the famine in ireland and on the different terms used to. If youre of irish descent in america, there is a good chance your ancestors were spurred to come to america due to blight and famine in ireland in. The longterm result of conquest, confiscation, and colonization was the creation of a class of english and scottish landlords and of an impoverished irish peasantry with attenuated tenant rights. The irish famine 184552 paperback january 1, 1995 by christine kinealy author visit amazons christine kinealy page. Irish newspaper archives are proud to sponsor the irish famine eviction project. His early research on the famine helped to break an academic silence and to give the tragedy its rightful place in irish history. A new assessment of the great famine of 18451852the most significant event in modern irish historythoroughly explores the complex economic, social, political. The history of the irish famine by christine kinealy, 97818200777. Worldrenowned irish historian and prolific author professor christine kinealy is founding director of the irelands great hunger institute at quinnipiac university, a scholarly resource for the study of the great hunger. The great irish famine jrs rare books and commentary. List of books and articles about irish famine online. Christine kinealy has 38 books on goodreads with 580 ratings.
This great calamity was nominated for the irish times literary award and won the irish post books award in 1995. The artist who dared to paint irelands great famine the. The bad life followed a catastrophic period of irish history between 1845 and 1852 during which time the population of ireland was reduced by 20 to 25 percent. The insights they provide as to the way they reacted to government measures, hunger, evictions and emigration are a useful complement to. Books by christine kinealy author of this great calamity. Clarkson, liam kennedy and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Browse the amazon editors picks for the best books of 2019, featuring our. With the most severely affected areas in the west and south of ireland, where the irish language was dominant, the period was contemporaneously known in irish as an. This disease has become commonly known as the blight. The irish famine of 184552 was the most decisive event in the h. Click and collect from your local waterstones or get free uk delivery on orders over. Dec 20, 2012 winner of the best irish published book of the year for 2012 this atlas comprising over fifty individual chapters and case studies will provide readers with a broad range of perspectives and.
Facts about great famine emigration out of ireland revealed. She has lectured extensively in ireland and america. In a country of eight million people, the famine caused the death of approximately one million, while a similar number were forced to emigrate. He has quite an encyclopedic knowledge on the topic of irish america, and this time he chose to present 20 books that he considers to be required reading for irish americans. Following that, the publication of scholarly books slowed down, and one irish journalist even averred that no further books on the topic were needed. The irish famine 184552, and has spoken to both the us congress and british parliament on the famine.
Christine kinealy s most popular book is this great calamity. Buy the killing snows, the exile breed and cold is the dawn. Prof christine kinealy is founding director of irelands great hunger institute, at quinnipiac university, in connecticut. The saddest people the sun sees pickering and chatto, 2011, and her most recent book, charity and the great hunger in ireland. The irish famine of 184650 was one of the great disasters of the nineteenth century, whose notoriety spreads as far as the mass emigration which followed it. Students of irelands great famine owe a debt to james donnelly. In addition to the great hunger, her topics include nineteenthcentury ireland, the revolutions of 1848, daniel oconnell, irish. This comprehensive book examines the causes and consequences of the catastrophe, and. Largely focusing on the oppressive practices of the english, this novel provides a good dose of action to counter the bleakness of its. Kinealy offers not just a general history of the famine, but an illuminating exploration of aspects which have received little attention, including the rise in crime, the food export controversy, the role of religion, the growth of the. Impact, ideology and rebellion british history in perspective kinealy, christine on. The occasion was immigrant heritage week celebrated yearly in new york city a great time to remember and honor our immigrant forebears. The potato famine of 184551 was a pivotal event in the development of modern. Ideology and rebellion british history in perspective by christine kinealy.
The great famine, great hunger, or great famine is the name given to the famine in ireland between 1845 and 1852. In the space of only four years, ireland lost twentyfive per cent of its population as a consequence of starvation, disease and largescale. The great irish famine remains one of the most lethal famines in modern world history and a watershed moment in the development of modern ireland. Christine kinealy the irish famine was a pivotal event in the development of modern ireland. The irish famine curriculum would not have been possible without the work of new jersey senator james e. In a country of eight million people, it caused the deaths of one million and the forced emigration of another million. A comprehensive look at the irish famine of 18451852, and the relief effort that may have intensified its effectsa watershed event in the history of ireland, the irish famine dramatically altered the economic and social fabric of the country by 1847 over 2 million irish people had either died or emigrated. The 20 books every irish american should read the new.