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A survey history of The Great Irish Famine. In particular, the testimonies of four key contemporaries are used throughout to convey the immediacy of the unfolding disaster. They are: John MacHale, the Catholic Archbishop of Tuam; John Mitchel, the radical nationalist; Elizabeth Smith, the Scottish-born wife of a Wicklow landlord; and Charles E. Trevelyan, the assistant secretary to the Treasury. Each brings a unique perspective, influenced by who they were, what they witnessed, and what they stood for.
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Born in Dublin, Enda Delaney is currently Reader in Modern History at the University of Edinburgh. In 2010 he was the recipient of a prestigious UK Economic and Social Research Council Mid-Career Fellowship, awarded on the basis of a proven track record of excellence in research and `exceptional all round scholarly ability'. He has written extensively on the history of modern Ireland and its diaspora, including three scholarly books and two jointly-edited volumes.Review:
`A significant and sophisticated addition to the historiography of the Famine' -- Christopher Cusack * Times Literary Supplement * 'Delaney's approach to the story is innovative ... (it will be found) in the hands of those who appreciate first-rate history...a very impressive book' -- Breandan Mac Suibhne (historian of society and culture in eighteenth and nineteenth century Ireland) * Dublin Review of Books *
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