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- Publication Date: November 20, 2017
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- Language: English
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A Purgatory of Misery: How Victorian Liberalism Turned a Crisis into a Disaster Kindle Edition
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The actual famine is broken down into four chapters as the crisis begins, develops, peaks and then wanes. At the end is an interesting summary giving the author’s personal view on the disaster, and on the continuing presence of famine in the world today.
A Purgatory of Misery is worthy of attention for anyone interested in European history. It gives a broad sweep of history, from way before the famine up to and then beyond those famine years. And it presents what seems to me to be a well-balanced account that does not take sides or inappropriately point the finger of blame.
A full review including an interview with the author is on thebookowl.com
Politics and religion played their part in the effects of the famine but also the history of Ireland going back eight centuries over which politicians and the clergy had no control. I highly recommend this splendid book to anyone interested in social history or the history of Ireland.
I’d always known there was a famine, but had never appreciated the true extent of the wretchedness it caused, or the manner in which it was exacerbated by the English authorities.
The infestation of the crop was devastating enough for the citizens of Ireland, but the situation was made much worse by sheer carelessness and selfishness of those in charge, driven by the greed and the thirst for power.
Once again the human race demonstrates hypocrisy and shows its ugly primal instincts, from the aristocracy controlling who owns what to government interventions designed only to benefit themselves and the better off.
Meanwhile, in Ireland, the stricken were emigrating in order to save themselves while others died of starvation, some even resorting to the pickings of a corpse in desperation.
How did all this come to pass? The book describes a combination of events, not least a catalogue of wars which were sometimes deliberately fomented to cause destruction. Religion, disease, greed and human suffering all played a part, not to mention an innate English sense of superiority and a land-grabbing attitude. Indeed, in the nineteenth century the bigotry of the English towards their closest neighbours was as pronounced as that towards the African ‘natives’ who were being similarly subjugated by Empire, as reflected in the comments of George Nichols, a Poor Law commissioner.
A Purgatory of Misery is an interesting and informative examination of a period in Ireland’s history which we all really ought to know about, but about which most people, myself included, are sadly ignorant.
Even some of my Irish friends knew little about the famine when I told them what I was reading, which I felt was rather sad.
This is a well-written and well-researched piece of history, although I suspect some people would rather not know about it. However, although ignorance might be bliss, knowledge is power.
If you have an interest history, and whether you are Irish or not, this book will be an eye opener from both a factual and a humanitarian point of view..
A well written and well researched work well worth the look for anyone interested in what I shall refer to as social injustices. Our history is certainly not always pretty