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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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1. Severe destruction of the mandible of a five- or six-year-old child resulting from tuberculosis.

2. Circular notches on the anterior teeth in the dentition belonging to a thirty-six- to forty-five-year-old male, which are indicative of habitual clay-pipe smoking.

3. The skull of a ten- to eleven-year-old child displaying considerable porotic lesions of the right temple caused by micro-trauma generated by scurvy.

4. Examples of the numerous child skeletons from the Kilkenny mass burials, including the remains of a four-year-old (left), and two five-year-old children (middle and right).

5. The thirty-two dioceses of the Church of Ireland in 1834.

6. Religious groups as proportions of the entire popu­lation at Church of Ireland diocese level in 1834: Catholics (top left); Church of Ireland members (top right); Presbyterians (bottom left); Other Protestant Dissenters (bottom right).

7a and b. Cartograms showing the proportion of Catholic and Protestant populations at Church of Ireland diocese level in 1834.

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