In our previous episode, we set up the historical and agricultural context for the Irish potato famine, known also as the Great Hunger. In this one, we walk through the ramifications of the government’s laissez-faire response to the blight, meaning that it basically did nothing. If you’re thinking, “Doing nothing seems like a pretty ineffective strategy for stopping a famine,” you are right.
Our listener mail is another Hindenburg letter, this one from Vivian.
For further reading: How Famine Works
A link to the episode: The Irish Potato Famine: An Unnatural Disaster, Pt. 2
My research on this one:
- Donnelly, Jim. “The Irish Famine.” BBC History. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/famine_01.shtml#top
- Gavin, Philip. “Irish Potato Famine.” The History Place. http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/bibliography.htm
- Harzallah, Mohamed Salah. “Food Supply and Economic Ideology: Indian Corn Relief During the Second Year of the Great Irish Famine (1847).” The Historian. May 2006.
- Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum http://ighm.nfshost.com/
- “Irish Potato Famine.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2013. Web. 31 May. 2013. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/294137/Irish-Potato-Famine
- Mintz, S., & McNeil, S. (2013). Irish Potato Famine. Digital History. http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/irish_potato_famine.cfm
- Tarlach, Gemma. “Scientists Find Pathogen Behind Irish Potato Famine.” Discover Magazine. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2013/05/28/scientists-find-pathogen-behind-irish-potato-famine/
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