The Famine Plot: Englands Role in Irelands Greatest Tragedy

A deeply stricken country
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In what The Boston Globe calls "his greatest achievement," Coogan shows how the British government hid behind the smoke screen of laissez faire economics, the invocation of Divine Providence and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration. There are many ways to describe what happened. Culture House Daily. A plan was needed to exchange the Irish people for cattle. Book description. The Power of Different.

Check system status. Toggle navigation Menu. Name of resource. Problem URL. Describe the connection issue. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. The famine plot : England's role in Ireland's greatest tragedy. Responsibility Tim Pat Coogan. It was difficult to get the English even to read about the place. Dickens only went there for three brief reading tours towards the end of his life.

Thackeray visited and wrote a short book — one of his best in fact, The Irish Sketchbook — but that was in , before the famine. What is that elephant to do? Squelch it, by heaven!

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Squelch it! If Ireland had been an independent, self-governing country, could the famine have occurred? Recent history is not encouraging. Though independent Ireland appeared to flourish under the European Union, and carry the name of the Celtic Tiger, it was also returning to its 18th-century habit of corruption.

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And when the bubble burst and the tiger was seen to be only a tigerskin, the corruption moved to the forefront. Brendan O'Neill.

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During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, fully a quarter of Ireland's citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Many intriguing points [are] made in this book Coogan's pages spark and sputter with a deep, lingering, well-cherished rage.

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