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The Irish Famine: An Illustrated History

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Why did millions of starving people seem to accept their fate without rebelling? Why did people starve beside seas and rivers stocked with plenty of ... Show synopsis

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Michael  N

TRAGEDY OF TRAGEDIES

by Michael N on Feb 6, 2014

The book describes the man made 'holocaust' of Ireland 1845-1852, which hit the Irish population with full force, in a famine unprecedented in Western European history. The Irish, left to themselves and to the only crop they could afford to cultivate - the potato - died of starvation in great numbers when the crop failed, between 1,5 and 2,0 million people died, while the British laissez-faire government in London didn't do much to intervene. Another 2 million Irish were forced to emigrate. Helen Litton in this little masterful book gives us the facts about the famine, and the extent of the human catastrophe with clear insight, and much eye witness material that gives true depht to the story of the worst hour in Irish history. An hour of death and humiliation that pointed directly to the movement for an independent Ireland, to the Easter Rising, and the War of Independence against the English in 1919-1921, and finally to a free and independent Ireland.

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