This Great Calamity

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The Great Famine of 1842-52 was the most decisive event in the history of modern Ireland. In a country of eight million people, the Famine caused the death of approximately one million, while a similar number were forced to emigrate. The Irish population fell to just over four million by the beginning of the twentieth century. Christine Kinealy's survey is long established as the most complete, scholarly survey of the Great Famine yet produced. The unravelling of fact from opinion, the interpretation of motives behind the London governments' responses, and the confrontations of stereotypes are at the heart of this extensive work, 'This Great Calamity' is an exceptional book, now available for the first time in pocket format. Christine Kenealy is a Professor in History in the Department of Humanities at the University of Central Lancashire. She has lectured extensively in Ireland and America. 'This Great Calamity' was nominated for the Irish Times Literary Award and won the Irish Post Books Award in 1995.