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Full title: The Curse of Reason: the Great Irish Famine.

Creator / Author: Enda Delaney

Item Type / Page count: Book / 293p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Gill & Macmillan / Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12.

About: A history of the Irish Famine that looks at the social, economic and political dimensions of the event. It achieves this via the mechanism of examining the contemporary written testimonies of four important figures: Archbishop John MacHale, John Mitchel, Elizabeth Smith and Charles E. Trevelyan.

ID number(s): 9780717154159 / 9780717160105

Chapters: Preface — Acknowledgements — Prologue: the land of the dead — [Part I. Before the Famine] Encounters — Land and people — Politics and power — [Part II. That Coming Storm] Spectre of famine — Peel’s brimstone — [Part III. Into the Abyss] A starving nation — The fearful reality — Property and poverty — [Part IV. Legacies] Victoria’s subjects — Exiles — Epilogue: the death of Martin Collins — Notes — Bibliographical Note — References — Index.

WW Connection #1: Elizabeth Smith lived in Baltyboys House in West Wicklow. Her observations on the Famine relate to this locality.

Extra #1: includes photographs of Elizabeth Smith and her Scottish birthplace and residence.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: The paperback edition was published in 2014, under the title ‘The Great Irish Famine: a history in four lives’ (ID number 9780717160105).

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