Radharc ar gCúl: A Backward Glance Christine Kinealy In the late 1970s, when I was embarking on my doctoral research, my supervisor at Trinity College Dublin told me that I must extend my dissertation on the Poor Law in Ireland, 183845, to include the famine period. He then informed me that I should first read . The second suggestion came not because he liked the book--he did not--but because he believed it was the only comprehensive narrative of the tragedy that had made extensive use of archives in Ireland and England. Reading that book proved both heartrending and enlightening. After only a few pages, it was obvious this book went against the prevailing orthodoxies about the Famine, which lay at the heart of the revisionist interpretations. The opening paragraph made the author's sympathies clear: At the beginning of the year 1845 the state of Ireland was, as it had been for nearly seven hundred years, a source of grave anxiety to England. Ireland had first been invaded in 1169; it was now 1845, yet she had been neither assimilated nor subdued. The country had been conquered not once but several times, the land had been confiscated and redistributed
New Hibernia Review – Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas
Published: Dec 19, 2008
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