The West of Ireland
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The West of Ireland: New perspective on the Nineteenth Century examines the struggles of ordinary people in the west of Ireland throughout a century characterized by unprecedented social and economic upheaval. Featuring studies on topics ranging from food shortage, urban distress and the nature of charity in the pre-famine period to examinations of aspects of relief and rural development, political organization and the nature of state intervention in the latter decades of the century this study makes a formative contribution to a growing body of academic work on the evolution of a complex society undergoing fundamental transformation. Featuring contributions from some of Irelands most established academics, along with a number of younger historian, this study shines a light on lesser known aspects of the evolution of a complex rural society undergoing a traumatic process of economic modernization.