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Atlas of the Great Irish Famine [Hardcover]

John Crowley , William J Smyth , Mike Murphy , William J. Smyth
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1 Aug 2012
The Great Famine is possibly the most pivotal event/experience in modern Irish history. Its global reach and implications cannot be underestimated. In terms of mortality, it is now widely accepted that over a million people perished between the years 1845-1852 and at least one million and a quarter fled the country, the great majority to North America, some to Australia and a significant minority ((0.3 million) to British cities. Ireland had been afflicted by famine before the events of the 1840s; however the Great Famine is marked by both its absolute scale and its longevity. It is also better remembered because it was the most recent and best documented famine. This atlas comprising over fifty individual chapters and case studies will provide readers with a broad range of perspectives and relevant insights into this tragic event. The atlas begins by acknowledging the impossibility of adequately representing the Great Famine or any major world famine. Yet by exploring a number of themes from a reconstruction of pre-Famine Ireland onwards to an exploration of present-day modes of remembering; by the use of over 150 highly original computer generated parish maps of population decline, social transformation and other key themes between the census years 1841 and 1851: and through the use of poetry, contemporary paintings and accounts, illustrations and modern photography, what this atlas seeks to a achieve is a greater understanding of the event and its impact and legacy. This atlas seeks to try and bear witness to the thousands and thousands of people who died and are buried in mass Famine pits or in fields and ditches, with little or nothing to remind us of their going. The centrality of the Famine workhouse as a place of destitution is also examined in depth. Likewise the atlas seeks to represent and understand the conditions and experiences of the many thousands who emigrated from Ireland in those desperate years. Included are case studies of famine emigrants in cities such as Liverpool, Glasgow, New York and Toronto. A central concern of the atlas is to seek to understand why a famine of this scale should occur in a nineteenth-century European country, albeit a country which was subject to imperial rule. In addition, it seeks to reveal in detail the working-out and varying consequences of the Famine across the island. To this end, apart from presenting an overall island-wide picture, Famine experiences and patterns will be presented separately for the four provinces. These provincial explorations will be accompanied by intimate case studies of conditions in particular localities across the provinces. The atlas also seeks to situate the Great Irish Famine in the context of a number of world famines. 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.

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  • Hardcover: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Cork University Press (1 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859184790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859184790
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 24.2 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cork University Press has established an enviably high reputation in producing atlases. The latest of the Great Irish Famine maintains and enhances this record. Not only are the maps themselves innovative and attractive to look at, but they communicate clearly an abundance of information, often unfamiliar. The cartography is accompanied by a wealth of other images, sometimes strikingly beautiful, and also hauntingly distressful. In addition, a starry cast of experts provides incisive and illuminating commentary on all aspects of the disaster. All in all, this is likely to prove one of the most original and enduring studies of the grievous famine. --Toby Barnard, History, Oxford University

This monumental work is far more than an Atlas, it is the definitive summary of all aspects of the Great Irish Famine. The many maps are accompanied by accessible yet scientifically sound texts. The demographics and geography are surveyed with unequaled detail and care, yet the historical background, the politics, and the economics of the Famine are discussed at an equally high scholarly level. Lavishly illustrated and scholarly immaculate, written by the best scholars in the field, this volume belongs in the library of everyone interested in the greatest natural disaster of the modern age --Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, USA

This Atlas offers a powerful, unflinching and coherent understanding of the Irish Famine as the defining event in Irish history. It balances sweeping survey with minute details, while always attending to the surprising diversity of this small island in the mid nineteenth century. Its unparalleled assemblage of new maps, old images and extensive documentation offers a brilliant teaching aid for the history of Ireland and of the Irish diaspora. Firmly rooted in recent research, saturated in meticulous scholarship, and interdisciplinary in the best sense, it is unafraid to draw the necessary trenchant conclusions. Its broad synthesis offers the best overview we have ever had of this traumatic and defining episode --Professor Kevin Whelan, Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin.

About the Author

John Crowley, William J. Smyth, Mike Murphy are from the Geograophy Department, University College Cork

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning ! 1 Mar 2013
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I have wanted this book ever since I saw it in Dublin Airport when coming back from visiting family in Ireland. I have always had a strong interest in Irish history and was looking at this with interest. All I can say is that this book is fantastic in it's scope and quality. It is full of enough statistics to keep anyone happy. The presentation is beautifully laid out with lots of fascinating material. The sheer quality of this book oozes out of every page and will take pride of place on my bookshelf, when not being read. This is definitely a must buy for anyone with an interest in Irish history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars why i gave this five stars 30 Jan 2013
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the best book you can get on the famine recommend anyone interested in the famine to buy this book all you need to know on the subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The' Great Irish Famine Book 28 Dec 2012
A wonderful production.

Be warned it's heavy and you'll need to place it on a table when reading it.

Illustrations are superb.

I'm reluctant to use the word 'definitive' but if any book can be called that this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 14 Dec 2012
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It was a gift for my father. It is so beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written. An absolutely perfect gift. He loves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 18 Jan 2013
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Surely one of the great reference books for the plight of the Irish. Beautifully produced - a perfect gift for anyone who has an interest in the subjuect
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 8 Jun 2014
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i visited my family in Ireland recently and saw a copy and was blown away by the detail was so pleased that i was able to obtain a copy through Amazon a must for anyone with Irish ancestry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive book 16 Jan 2014
A lot of very nice pictures, very complete and informative text, attractive presentation, nice piece of work.
Looks great on your bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... the social history and how england created a famine fantastic book...
a stunning book for anyone interested in the social history and how england created a famine fantastic book buy it
Published 1 month ago by Mr. L. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate history
Well written an exact and precise history of a terrible period in Irelands history. All the facts and details you could possibly require in one extremly well written and presented... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. McNicol
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about the famine in Ireland
a fantastic looking book, with maps, pictures, graphs etc. to illustrate the facts. I have only scratched the surface but it is a book you dont sit down and read, you dip into. Read more
Published 17 months ago by catherine m
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of tragedy
I bought this for my husband for his birthday and he was really delighted as he is very interested in history and economics and this is well-researched book which shows how... Read more
Published 19 months ago by vera
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book.
A great read, you can read the sections that interest you, the detail and illustrations are wonderful. A 'collectors' item of the future.
Published 20 months ago by Philomena Moen
4.0 out of 5 stars Irish Famine history
This book is comprehensive and very detailed. However there is little detail about the loss of individual family names from areas where they had existed for many generations. Read more
Published 20 months ago by davyb
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