By Christine Kinealy
Among 1845 and 1852 eire was once devastated through the 'Great starvation' – the main serious famine in glossy ecu background. The view commonly held by means of historians is that the effect of the Famine at the northern province of Ulster, specifically the mostly Protestant urban of Belfast, was once minimum. within the first ebook at the Famine to concentration in particular on Belfast, Christine Kinealy, one in every of Ireland’s major historians of the interval, and Gerard MacAtasney, problem this view and supply a brand new interpretation.
Drawing on a wealth of unique examine, Kinealy and MacAtasney commence with an exam of society and social behaviour in Belfast ahead of 1845. They then determine the authentic reaction to the obstacle by means of the British executive, the reaction by means of the Church in either England and eire, and the half performed by means of the neighborhood management in Ulster. The authors research the influence of the cholera epidemic on Belfast in 1849–50, the city's restoration after the Famine, and the beginnings of open sectarianism one of the company and landed sessions of the province.
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