The Great Famine in Ireland Cause and Effect Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Great Famine in Ireland
A look at the causes and impacts of the Irish Great Famine during the 1840s.
# 120314 | 1,171 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 09, 2010 in History (British)

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The paper addresses the economic, political and agricultural issues in Ireland at the time of the Irish Great Famine, including the rampant diseases and failure of the potato crop, the savage winter of 1846-1847, the uncontrollably expanding population and the ineffective administration of the Irish government by Britain. The paper then discusses how the famine caused the population to diminish, the disappearance of the agricultural laborer and the Irish language, Celtic, to disappear. The paper also relates that Irish communities established in the U.S. and Canada were filled with hatred against the landlords and the British government and, the famine led to many questions worldwide about Britain's administration of Irish affairs.

From the Paper:

"From its earliest Celtic origins, the Irish peasantry had been caught up in impoverished serfdom. Regular famines throughout the 17th and 18th centuries added to the miseries of those already exploited and neglected by their landlords. (Downing, 1980, p.15)
"However, by the middle of the 18th century, the humble potato was introduced as a highly nutritious food and a good basis for an adequate diet. Because potato crops were proliferate and able to feed the average large Irish family, an increasing dependence on the potato in the bare subsistence economy of the west and southwest counties occurred. The poverty caused by the temporary employment of the peasants was consistent with these smallholdings and congested populations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • DOWNING, T., 1980, The Troubles, Macdonald Futura Publishers Pty Ltd, London, U.K.
  • FOSTER, R.F., 1989, The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland, Oxford University Press, U.K.
  • HOFF, B.J., 1991, Song of the Silent Harp, (Book 1 of An Emerald Ballad Series), Bethany House Publishers, USA
  • KENEALLY, T., 1998, The Great Shame, Random House Pty Ltd, Australia
  • MCCOURT, F., 1996, Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, Harper Collins, London, U.K.

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