Ireland's Great Famine and Popular Politics

Author(s): 
Delaney, Enda;Mac Suibhne, Breandán
ISBN: 
9780415836302
Date published: 
December 2015
Hardback
Price: 
£90.00

Ireland’s Great Famine of 1845–52 was among the most devastating food crises in modern history. A country of some eight-and-a-half-million people lost one million to hunger and disease and another million to emigration. According to land activist Michael Davitt, the starving made little or no effort to assert "the animal’s right to existence," passively accepting their fate. But the poor did resist. In word and deed, they defied landlords, merchants and agents of the state: they rioted for food, opposed rent and rate collection, challenged the decisions of those controlling relief works, and scorned clergymen who attributed their suffering to the Almighty.