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Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine

Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives


Edited By Marguerite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack, Lindsay Janssen and Ruud van den Beuken

The 150 th anniversary of Ireland’s Great Famine in the 1990s generated a significant increase in scholarship on the history of the crisis and its social and cultural aftermath. Two decades later, interest in the Irish Famine – both scholarly and popular – has soared once again. A key event in Irish cultural memory, the crisis still crops up regularly in public discourse within Ireland and among the Irish diaspora. This volume, containing essays by distinguished scholars such as Peter Gray, Margaret Kelleher and Chris Morash, offers new perspectives on the Famine and its contexts. Addressing the challenges and opportunities for Irish Famine studies today, the book presents a stimulating dialogue between a wide range of disciplinary approaches to the Famine and its legacies.
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Global legacies of the great Irish famine : transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives / [edited by] Marguérite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack, Lindsay Janssen, and Ruud van den Beuken.

pages cm. -- (Reimagining Ireland ; 60.0)

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-0343-0903-5 (alk. paper) 1. Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852. 2. Famines--Ireland--History--19th century. 3. Ireland--Social conditions--19th century. I. Corporaal, Marguérite. DA950.7.G53 2014 951.5081--dc23


ISSN 1662-9094 ISBN 978-3-0343-0903-5 (print) ISBN 978-3-0353-0650-7 (eBook)

Cover image: ‘Famine’, by Edmund J. Sullivan. From Alexander Irvine, ‘In the Glow of a Peat Fire’, McClure’s xxxvii/2 (1911), 209.

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