Human Encumbrances: Political Violence and the Great Irish Famine
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Human Encumbrances: Political Violence and the Great Irish Famine

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The history of the Great Irish Famine has been mired in debate over the level of culpability of the British government. Most scholars reject the extreme nationalist charge of genocide, but beyond that there is little consensus. In Human Encumbrances: Political Violence and the Great Irish Famine , David Nally argues for a nuanced understanding of "famineogenic behavior"--c...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by University of Notre Dame Press
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Reading Human Encumbrances today makes one understand how famine is
used as a political weapon, shedding new light on current debates about
the famine in Somalia and Eastern Africa. Many of the quotes and
figures bring to light this horrible tragedy. I didn't know, for
example, that priests played important political roles in critcizing
the British Empire in its racialization of the Irish. Nor did I know
that beef and whiskey continued to be exported when the grain needed
to support that export economy...more
A brilliant survey of the early use of famine as a tool of social reconstruction. Takes Klein's Shock Doctrine back to the nineteeenth century
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