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The Great Famine in Ireland
In terms of deaths per head of population there has never been a famine in all of recorded history as destructive as the Great Famine in Ireland. That this famine occurred at a time when Britain was enjoying unparalleled economic strength and wealth still shocks us today. This talk will explain the causes and progress of the famine, its economic and social effects, and try to explain the reasons for the inadequacy of the response. It will also look at how we represent and respond to famine today, and ask if in 200 years time our response will be seen as equally inadequate.