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Family and Farm in Pre-Famine Ireland
The Parish of Killashandra
Kevin O'Neill

"An important contribution both to Irish history and to the demographic study of peasant societies in general."—Journal of Social History

Now available in paperback, Kevin O'Neill's highly praised study of rural Ireland in the years leading up to the "Great Hunger" of the 1840s explicates the social, economic, and demographic conditions of the era. He argues that overpopulation and deprivation were inextricably linked to a third variable—the rapid economic development of rural Ireland that was shaped by British interests.

"An unrivalled picture of one small part of pre-Famine rural Ireland. . . . The book suggests that far from the Irish peasantry belonging to a subsistence economy they were heavily influenced by market forces, as indeed were the landlords."—Mary E. Daly, Irish Historical Studies

"The book is a pleasure to read; the analysis is logical, precise and nuanced; the wording, rich textured and apt. It is impossible in this space to report the variety and depth of the insights that pervade O'Neill's book."—Irish Literary Supplement

Kevin O'Neill is professor of history and director of the Irish Studies Program at Boston College. He was a historical consultant to the Famine Museum at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

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January 2003
LC: 84-040154 HD
248 pp.    5 1/2 x 8 1/2
2 maps

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