The Great Irish Famine: A History in Four Lives

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First-hand accounts of this historic tragedy combined to create a complete and uniquely personal picture of events. Here Enda Delaney tells the story of the Famine through the writings of four very different, real-life characters: Elizabeth Smith, an English woman who was a landlord's wife in Wicklow; John MacHale, the Catholic archbishop of Tuam; Sir Charles Trevelyan, the infamous Assistant Secretary to the Treasury who oversaw relief efforts in Ireland; and John Mitchel, an Irish nationalist who uttered the famous words, `The Almighty, indeed, sent the potato blight. But the English created the Famine.' Previously published in hardback as The Curse of Reason. ""Scholars of Irish history as well as nonacademic readers can draw from Delaney's clear writing as well as his excellent bibliography.""--Library Journal.

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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 three jointly-edited volumes.

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"There are many books on this terrible event, but this is one of the most fluent and original. Although it is based on large amounts of primary research its style is accessible and engaging, and the result is a valuable study of a truly harrowing crisis". * The Times Higher Education Supplement. *

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