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The Resource Human encumbrances : political violence and the Great Irish Famine, David P. Nally

Human encumbrances : political violence and the Great Irish Famine, David P. Nally

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Human encumbrances : political violence and the Great Irish Famine
Title
Human encumbrances
Title remainder
political violence and the Great Irish Famine
Statement of responsibility
David P. Nally
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The history of the Great Irish Famine has been mired in debate over the level of culpability of the British government. Most scholars reject the extreme nationalist charge of genocide, but beyond that there is little consensus. Author David P. Nally argues for a nuanced understanding of "famineogenic behavior"--Conduct that aids and abets famine--capable of drawing distinctions between the consequences of political indifference and policies that promote reckless conduct. This book is the first major work to apply the critical perspectives of famine theory and postcolonial studies to the causes and history of the Great Famine. Combining an impressive range of archival sources, including contemporary critiques of British famine policy, Nally argues that land confiscations and plantation schemes paved the way for the reordering of Irish political, social, and economic space. According to Nally, these colonial policies undermined rural livelihoods and made Irish society more vulnerable to catastrophic food crises. he traces how colonial ideologies generated negative evaluations of Irish destitution and attenuated calls to implement traditional anti-famine programs. The government's failure to take action, born out of an indifference to the suffering of the Irish poor, amounted to an avoidable policy of "letting die." Acts of official wrongdoing, Nally charges, can also be found in the British government's attempt to use the Famine as a lever to accelerate socioeconomic change. Even before the Famine reached its deadly apogee, an array of social commentators believed that Ireland's peasant culture was fundamentally incommensurable with Enlightenment values of human progress. To the economists and public officials who embraced this dehumanizing logic, the potato blight was an instrument of cure that would finally regenerate what was seen to be a diseased body politic. Nally shows how these views arose from a dogmatic insistence on the laws of political economy and an equally firm belief, fostered through centuries of colonial contact, that the Irish were slovenly, improvident, and uncivilized, and therefore in need of external disciplining. In this context, Nally recasts the Great Famine to look less like a natural disaster and more like the consequence of colonial oppression and social engineering. -- Publisher Description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nally, David P
Dewey number
941.5081
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DA950.7
LC item number
.N35 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Famines
  • Poverty
  • Political violence
  • Social control
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
Label
Human encumbrances : political violence and the Great Irish Famine, David P. Nally
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Colonial biopolitics and the functions of famine -- Fatal circumstances : colonialism and the origins of vulnerability to famine -- Defining civility : on the poverty of others -- Engineering civility : colonial welfare and Irish pauper management -- Imposing civility : the administration of hunger -- The "ungoverned millions" : Thomas Carlyle and the Irish question -- The angel of progress : visionary geographies and disaster triage
Control code
692288500
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xviii, 348 pages
Isbn
9780268036089
Isbn Type
(paper : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010052723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)692288500
Label
Human encumbrances : political violence and the Great Irish Famine, David P. Nally
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Colonial biopolitics and the functions of famine -- Fatal circumstances : colonialism and the origins of vulnerability to famine -- Defining civility : on the poverty of others -- Engineering civility : colonial welfare and Irish pauper management -- Imposing civility : the administration of hunger -- The "ungoverned millions" : Thomas Carlyle and the Irish question -- The angel of progress : visionary geographies and disaster triage
Control code
692288500
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xviii, 348 pages
Isbn
9780268036089
Isbn Type
(paper : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010052723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)692288500

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