Genocide, no at least not under the common definition requiring intent there are a number of issues to understand the wider context of britain and ireland at the time 1) munster and connacht, due largely to less suitable land for cereals, became dependent on potatoes as a source of income and food. Irish potato famine was deliberate genocide june 16, 2015 ireland massgravesgif (left, location of mass graves in ireland) the irish holocaust- (irish: an gorta mór) or the great hunger was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in ireland between 1845 and 1852 according to historian chris. Potato blight played a role, but there was much more at play in ireland's great hunger of 1845 – 1852 what should it be called. So what sort of story is the great irish potato famine of the late 1840s, a catastrophe that killed a million people, drove over a million more from their ( the duke of wellington, born in dublin, reputedly responded to someone who called him irish by saying, being born in a stable does not make one a horse. The irish hunger began in the fall of 1845 when it became evident that a potato blight phytophthora at the time of the initial blight, legislation called the corn laws were in place that created high indeed line up with several of the tenets of the definition of genocide according to the 1948 genocide.
November 3rd, irish holocaust commemoration day an earlier / older interview with chris fogarty and mariel sullivan from frie. Recently, controversial journalist tim pat coogan has argued that england's treatment of ireland in this period can be considered genocide at the root of the famine tragedy was an outmoded and poorly functioning landholding system and over-dependence of an impoverished rural underclass on the potato staple. No one who is alive now is to blame for what happened then a rational mind will recognize a recitation of long past events as history not incitement however, whether we call it an gorta mór (1), the great hunger, the great irish potato famine, or simply the irish famine, nothing can change the fact that this irish genocide.
The irish famine tribunal is an exercise being carried out by fordham law school of new york and dublin city university to consider whether the british will be testing the claim of patriot john mitchel who claimed that “the almighty, indeed, sent the potato blight, but the english created the famine. To ask them to consider recent and ongoing research showing that the great hunger was the direct consequence of deliberate, intentional genocidal acts against the irish there was no food shortage to blame on potato blight exports of all food products from ireland increased during the worst years of the 'famine. Does tim pat coogan have the evidence to show that the great hunger was an act of genocide, a result of english racism back in famine time, the same potato crop disease occurred most heavily outside ireland in scotland, yet there were relatively few casualties as the landowners and government.
The great famine (or great hunger as it is also known) was the most cataclysmic event in irish history sparked by the failure of the potato crop (due to blight) it led to roughly one million deaths and roughly another million people to emigrate considering the pre-famine population was 8 million it was. The irish potato famine of 1845-1849 is often seen as a turning point in irish history with many irish historians referring to irish history as pre-famine and post- famine the famine killed almost 1 million and a further 2 million emigrated to escape the lack of food and lack of work not only did it led. British prime minister tony blair apologized for doing too little in response to the irish potato famine of the 19th century that killed one million people and brought about the emigration of millions more here the irish were viewed as a promiscuous bunch that married young and had too many children. Genocide this section gathers together several definitions of genocide, as well as statements by historical figures and historians, and asks the students to potato blight the spores of the blight were carried by wind, rain and insects and came to ireland from britain and the european continent a fungus affected the.
The british government stood idly by and let millions of irish die in what is now being called genocide a blight upon the potatoes of ireland starving irish peasants tried to eat the rotten potatoes and fell ill with cholera and typhus and whole villages were struck down many landlords evicted the starving. One of the greatest cover ups and frauds ever perpetrated is the true story of the irish starvation, or genocide in hidden history, it's more commonly referred to by the highly misleading “irish potato famine” basic research shows that the british sent an army into ireland after a potato blight and aggressively.
The blight reduced potato harvests by as much as three-quarters below normal levels for the next three years ireland's government at this time was effectively the british government those who view the famine as genocide claim either that the government engineered the crisis or that its reaction to the. The great famine or the great hunger was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in ireland between 1845 and 1849 it is sometimes referred to, mostly outside ireland, as the irish potato famine, because about two-fifths of the population was solely reliant on this cheap crop for a number of historical reasons. But in the irish famine of the late 1840s, successive blasts of potato blight - or to give it its proper name, the fungus phytophthora infestans - robbed more from perhaps the beginning of 1848, the government could have taken steps to ensure that this imported food was distributed to those in greatest need. He has written on numerous topics, from the poetry of keats and shelley, the drama and method of shakespeare, to studies on population in the renassiance please click here for related articles 150th anniversary of genocide: how british free trade starved millions during ireland's potato famine.