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The Great Irish Famine and Social Class

Conflicts, Responsibilities, Representations


Edited By Marguerite Corporaal and Peter Gray

The sesquicentenary of the Great Irish Famine saw the emergence of seminal, often revisionist, scholarship addressing the impact of the catastrophe on Ireland’s economy (including its relations with Britain) and investigating topics such as the suffering of the rural classes, landlord and tenant relations, Poor Laws and relief operations. The Great Irish Famine and Social Class represents a significant new stage in Irish Famine scholarship, adopting a broader interdisciplinary approach that includes ground-breaking demographical, economic, cultural and literary research on poverty, poor relief and class relations during one of Europe’s most devastating food crises. The volume incorporates a comparative European framework, as well as exploring the issue of class in relation to the British and North American Famine diaspora.

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Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National-bibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:

Names: Corporaal, Marguerite, author. | Gray, Peter, 1965- author.

Title: The great Irish famine and social class : conflicts, responsibilities, representations / Marguerite Corporaal and Peter Gray.

Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, [2018] | Series: Reimagining Ireland ; 89 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018020935 | ISBN 9781788741668 (alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852. | Famines--Ireland--History--19th century. | Famines--Social aspects--Ireland--History--19th century. | Social classes--Ireland--History--19th century. | Irish--Migrations.

Classification: LCC DA950.7 .C68 2018 | DDC 941.5081--dc23 LC record available at

ISSN: 1662-9094

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