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Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World) Paperback – October 15, 2000

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  • Series: The Princeton Economic History of the Western World
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691070156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691070155
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2000 James S. Donnelly Sr. Prize for Best Book on Irish History or Social Studies
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1999

"One of the book's great strengths is the attempt to place the Irish experience in the contexts of famines in other parts of the world and to compare it to other historical famines, an approach that enriches Irish and general famine studies alike. . . . Black '47 and Beyond is a substantial and often pioneering contribution to the ever-burgeoning field of Irish Famine studies."--Times Literary Supplement

"One of the most challenging, original, and readable accounts of the subject to have appeared in the last decade. It contains a fund of ideas and information for both experts and those with only the most general knowledge of the famine. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"At a stroke, Cormac Ó Gráda's Black '47 and Beyond . . . establishes itself as the definitive work on the famine. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a better study. . . . [It] is staggering in its thoroughness."--Kevin Driscoll, The Washington Times

"Rigor and meticulousness may be found in Black '47 and Beyond. Ó Gráda holds up to scrutiny each vexed aspect of the Famine and their previous interpretations. The book is both dense and revelatory. . . . The tragedy of the Irish Famine was ultimately the result of a population explosion, of economic backwardness aggravated by political repression, of ideological block-headedness and complacency. It changed Irish society, but its effects reached well beyond that, to Britain's colonies and to the United States."--Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Globe

"A most impressive, even brilliant, work. . . ."--Paul Bew, The Spectator

"Rigor and meticulousness may be found in Black '47 and Beyond. Ó Gráda . . . holds up to scrutiny each vexed aspect of the Famine and their previous interpretations. The book is both dense and revelatory."--Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Sunday Globe

"Cormac Ó Gráda, Ireland's most distinguished, prolific and wide-ranging economic historian, offers us a choice selection of six chapters. . . . The great value of the book lies in pushing the boundary of Irish famine studies beyond their accustomed limits and by including suggestive comparative references to famines in other times and places. By concentrating on a few topics, Ó Gráda can share with the reader the wealth of his broad scholarship and technical mastery."--Barbara Solow, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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"Ó Gráda has for a number of years been recognized as the leading economic historian of the Irish Famine. This book will immediately be seen as by far the best economic history ever published on the subject, and will remain for decades the best place to start if you want to read something about the Famine. It combines clear, sound economic reasoning with an interdisciplinary approach and an accessible writing style."--Timothy W. Guinnane, Yale University

"This book is a gem of comparative history on the subject of the Great Irish Famine. It displays a knowledge that is at once deep and broad. The author's comparison of Ireland to other societies is particularly apposite, revealing the fact that he is not just the leading economic historian of his own country but also an expert scholar of global history."--Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2009
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O Grada is the foremost economic historian of the Irish famine, and I believe the book is strongest in these areas. He weaves statistics and economic data to create a compelling case for newer, nationalist perspectives of the Irish famine. Less narrative than other famine histories, it nevertheless is one of the most authoritative. Not recommended as the the first book to read about the famine, but a rock solid piece of scholarship and a very important contribution to the field.
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this book was in good condition-nothing bad to say about that.

but dear god! an economic history of the potato famine was very difficult to get through.......
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