The Famine Plot: England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy

The Famine Plot: England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy

Tim Pat Coogan


in the course of a Biblical seven years in the course of the 19th century, absolutely 1 / 4 of Ireland's voters both perished from hunger or emigrated in what got here to be referred to as Gorta Mor, the good starvation. Waves of hungry peasants fled around the Atlantic to the U.S., with such a lot of loss of life en path that it used to be stated, "you may stroll dry shod to the United States on their bodies." during this sweeping background Ireland's best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, tackles the darkish historical past of the Irish Famine and argues that it constituted one of many first acts of genocide. In what The Boston Globe calls "his maximum achievement," Coogan indicates how the British govt concealed in the back of the smoke monitor of laissez faire economics, the invocation of Divine windfall and a gently orchestrated exposure crusade, permitting greater than 1000000 humans to die agonizing deaths and riding one more million into emigration. Unflinching in depicting the proof, Coogan provides a vibrant and frightening photo of a disaster that that shook the 19th century and at last calls to account these dependable.

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