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Did the Great Irish Famine Matter?

Kevin O'Rourke ()

The Journal of Economic History, 1991, vol. 51, issue 1, 1-22

Abstract: This article tests the hypothesis that price shocks in international commodity markets would by themselves have led to a fall in agricultural labor demand in rural Ireland in the absence of the Famine. This hypothesis has been used by revisionist historians to argue that the Famine was not a structural break between two distinct eras in Irish economic history. In refuting the hypothesis, this article joins a more recent cliometric tradition that has sought to restore the Famine to its rightful place as a major watershed in nineteenth-century Ireland.

Date: 1991
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