Victorian Countryside: The Great Famine in Ireland Lecture

Ref: C2345468

At least one million people died during the Great Famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852, and a further million (at least) left for the British mainland or elsewhere. This lecture will place the Famine in its wider historical context, outlining the nature of agriculture and land tenure in Ireland in different regions prior to its onset, and how far these contributed to its origins and its severity. It will analyse the response of the British government, and the argument that it could have done much more than it did to prevent or ameliorate the 'unimaginable suffering' of those who were affected: that 'The Almighty indeed sent the potato blight, but the English created the famine'. It will consider the the longer term effects of the famine on the population of Ireland, and in terms of Anglo-Irish relations; and as well as looking at how the Famine was reported at the time, we will consider how and why its history has been written and rewritten, and why it remains so contentious.

Course aim

To examine the causes of the Great Famine in Ireland, its effects at the time, and its longer term implications both for Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the causes of the Great Famine in Ireland.
  • Explain its effects on the population, both at the time and subsequently.
  • Explain why the Famine remains a contentious element of Anglo-Irish history.
  • Develop your skills of critical historical analysis.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

There is nothing that you need to bring.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Victorian Countryside: The Great Famine in Ireland Lecture

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