© 2002

The Great Irish Famine

Impact, Ideology and Rebellion

  • Authors


  • Respected author on the Famine
    Contains controversial material on the food supply debate
    Based on original research

Part of the British History in Perspective book series (BHP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Christine Kinealy
    Pages 1-30
  3. Christine Kinealy
    Pages 31-60
  4. Christine Kinealy
    Pages 61-89
  5. Christine Kinealy
    Pages 90-116
  6. Christine Kinealy
    Pages 117-148
  7. Christine Kinealy
    Pages 149-181
  8. Christine Kinealy
    Pages 182-210
  9. Christine Kinealy
    Pages 211-221
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 222-268

About this book


The Great Irish Famine of 1845-51 was both one of the most lethal famines in modern history and a watershed in the development of modern Ireland. This book - based on a wide range of little-used sources - demonstrates how the Famine profoundly affected many aspects of Irish life: the relationship between the churches; the nationalist movement; and the relationship with the monarchy. In addition to looking at the role of the government, Kinealy shows the importance of private charity in saving lives. One of the most challenging aspects of the publication is the chapter on food supply, in which Kinealy concludes that, despite the potato blight, Ireland was still producing enough food to feed its people. The long-term impact of the tragedy, notably the way in which it has been remembered and commemorated, is also examined.


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About the authors

CHRISTINE KINEALY is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she completed a PhD on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland, 1838-62. She is currently a Reader at the University of Central Lancashire and an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Great Irish Famine
  • Book Subtitle Impact, Ideology and Rebellion
  • Authors Christine Kinealy
  • Series Title British History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-67772-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-67773-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-80247-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 268
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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