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Mapping the Great Irish Famine: An Atlas of the Famine Years [Hardcover]

L.A. Clarkson , Paul S. Ell , Liam Kennedy
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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press Ltd (Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851823530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851823536
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 22.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mapping the Great Irish Famine provides the first comprehensive attempt to represent cartographically th e dramatic impact that the Great Potato Famine has had on Ir eland. '

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This volume is an excellent source for anyone interested in Irish family history as well as those studying the demographics and economic geography of the famine years in Ireland.

It is well presented and very readable.

If you want to get a feel for the Ireland of the day, the conditions that shaped the movement of your family from the land, or from town to city and from there to a new life abroad, then is is a starting point for that journey. Maps and more maps..but they tell the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DELIVERS ON THE COVER TITLE 11 Jan 2013
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For a student of the Great Irish Famine 1845 -1850? It delivers facts and figures that bring home the overwhelming catastrophy that this was for a small nation on the very edge of Western Europe. It was also central in destroying the last vestige of an ancient Gaelic culture - despite the efforts of the modern Irish State, Gaelic language and culture is now on a precipice.

Buy it to better understand the whirlwind of the Laissez Faire school of politics that that was as virulent a virus as that which infected the potato crops of Ireland - and tainted British/Irish relationships ever since.

A must read, a must absorb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 19th C. Ireland statistically tracked, mapped, and explained in the fewest possible words 17 Dec 2013
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Nominally, of course, this book "maps" the Great Famine. In fact, it a chart-and-map statistica graphing of Ireland as it could be charted and graphed in the mid-1800's, and will be of great interest to anyone interested in Ireland ("north & south") in the early part of the modern period. Some idea of the what the statistical data covers, randomly selected:

*Population change, 1687 - 1971

*Famine mortality 1846 - 51

*Female celibacy in 1841 and 1871

*Milk consumption 1836

*Percentage of illiterate males related to the proportion of male Gaelic speakers in 1851

*Livestock numbers in Ireland 1847 - 71

This is only a small part of the figures. There are over a hundred maps. There are a number of valuable statistical essays:

*"The literate and the ignorant"

*"The plight of the poor"

*"Cultivating the soil"

*"Death and the great famine"

*"Wages before the famine"

*"Catholics and Protestants.

There are more. This is packed into 200 pp counting the index.

I can't imagine this being done better than we have it here. Exemplary in its type. No reader in history could fail to be impressed and of great value to anyone concerned with Irish history, beyond the usual sentimentalities which are now becoming rare, anyway.
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