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The Event and Its Terrors: Ireland, Famine, Modernity
The Event and its Terrors undertakes a critical reimagining of one of the major events of Irish history—the Great Famine of the 1840s—and of its subsequent legacies. Drawing on a wide range of sources, past and present, it considers the emergence of the Famine as an object of historical knowledge and controversy with reference both to the experience of modernity and to the ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published July 9th 2004 by Stanford University Press
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While the content of this book is extremely interesting, and the elements of the supernatural give a new view to how the famine was seen, the writing itself was very pedantic. It felt like the author had a thesaurus cracked open beside him and felt the need to replace words every few sentences to make it sound more sophisticated. I liked the book, don't get me wrong, but they overthought their wording.
Stuart McLean is a professor of anthropology and this book tackles the Irish Potato Famine, an 'event' of incredible 'terror' that disrupted the categories between the wild and civilization. McLean also reflects on the placing of the Irish Potato Famine within a continuum of progressive history, to somehow 'explain' it and draw lessons from the horror - seen, quite oddly, in the use in the neoliberal era of the potato famine as a lesson for relieving hunger worldwide, which only ends up excising ...more