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The Great Irish Famine and Social Class

Conflicts, Responsibilities, Representations

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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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Acknowledgements

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The present volume follows from collaboration between scholars within the International Network of Irish Famine Studies, which was funded by the Dutch research council NWO between 2014 and 2017 (236–69-007), and which we co-directed with colleagues from Maynooth University, Ireland, and University of Helsinki, Finland.

First versions of some of the articles included in this volume were presented at the conference The Great Irish Famine and Social Class, hosted by Queen’s University Belfast in April 2017. We are grateful for the generous financial support from NWO and Queen’s University Belfast, which made this event possible.

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