Figures in a famine landscape /
Ciarán Ó Murchadha.
London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
xi, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
1472511557, 147251453X, 9781472506665, 9781472508638, 9781472511553, 9781472514530
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London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
contents note
1. John Busteed Knox, Newspaper Editor -- 2. The Abrasive Captain Wynne -- 3. John Singleton : The Responsible Country Gentleman -- 4. Bickering Physicians : P.M. Cullinan and Michael Healy -- 5. The Parish Incumbent : Rev. Henry Murphy -- 6. The Exterminator General : Marcus Keane of Beech Park -- 7. Fr. Michael Meehan and the Little Ark -- 8. Cabin-Tumbling Warrior : Crofton Moore Vandeleur -- 9. Reluctant Hero : Captain A.E. Kennedy -- 10. Figures in a Famine Landscape.
general note
"The origins of this book go back to an earlier study of 1998, Sable Wings over the Land" -- Preface.
"An examination of the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852 through the experiences of a selection of significant figures from a region that was badly afflicted"--
"Figures in a Famine Landscape follows a number of individuals involved in different public capacities in a particularly afflicted district of Ireland during the Great Famine. Among them are an outspoken newspaper editor; two clergymen (one Catholic, one Protestant); two highly qualified and busy physicians; two landlords and an exterminating agent; a Board of Works official and a Poor Law inspector. Some of these figures have been subjected to academic study previously, while others are more obscure, but their thinking and actions all had a major effect on the existences of tens of thousands of the destitute poor in Ireland at a crucial point in the country's history. Taking an exhaustive approach to source material that includes private diaries, letters, official reports and correspondence, police files, parliamentary papers and a wealth of newspapers, the author builds up an in-depth, almost microscopic picture of each individual, providing a unique and very human lens through which to view the Great Famine"--
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