The Irish Genocide

WHAT IS IT AND WHEN WAS IT?

  • The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration.
  • It lasted between 1845 and 1852.
  • Sometimes referred to as the Irish Potato Famine (but not in Ireland) due to the fact that about two-fifths of the population was solely reliant on this cheap crop for a number of historical reasons.
  • Approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland during the famine.
  • Caused the island's population to fall by 20-25 percent.

WHO WAS INVOLVED AND WHERE WERE THEY?

  • The Great Famine took place in the country of Ireland.
  • Ireland is located in the United Kingdom in Europe.
  • Many blame Britain and their Free Trade Policy for the famine.

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HOW?

How did it happen? With Ireland's growing population, unemployment, and very poor living conditions; the Irish people were on the brink of starvation.The country depended very much on potatoes. The over planting of potatoes caused the ground to become very infertile and stop producing as many good quality crops.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

The famine is important because it opened up a controversy on whether or not it was a genocide by the British and if something could have been done about the condition Ireland was in.

MEDIA

Media portrayals from both Ireland and around the world show the the famine as a negative event caused by Britain. Majority of sources from the time period are either articles or photos similar to this one.
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BIASES

Portrayals of this event are biased by omission due to the fact that there are not may sources from Britain's perspective. There also is not much evidence showing any way that it may not have been a genocide.

WORKS CITED

"Great Famine" Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 05 May 2015.

"Proving the Irish Famine Was Genocide by the British." IrishCentral. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2015.

"The "Irish Potato Famine" Was a Genocide against the Irish." Debate Argument:. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2015.

"Opening Old Wounds." The Economist. The Economist Newspaper, 12 Dec. 2012. Web. 05 May 2015.

"SCHILLER INSTITUTE How British Free Trade Starved Millions During Ireland's Potato Famine." Schiller Institute- How the British Starved Millions in Irish Potato Famine- Paul Gallagher. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2015.

"The Irish Famine" BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 06 May 2015.


http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/apr/02/gm-potato-blight-ireland-famine