Course title:
Victorian Countryside: The Great Famine in Ireland Lecture
Cynthia Brown
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Tue 12 Oct 2021 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 1
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 1
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Tue 12 Oct 2021
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
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Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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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.
Course description:
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.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Identify the causes of the Great Famine in Ireland.
2. Explain its effects on the population, both at the time and subsequently.
3. Explain why the Famine remains a contentious element of Anglo-Irish history.
4. Develop your skills of critical historical analysis.
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