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Posted By: ard mhacha
19-Sep-02 - 08:38 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Fields of Athenry
Subject: RE: Fields of Athenry
From a lecture given by James Donnelly, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the historiography of the Famine so-called revisionist historians have tended to minimise the role of British government responsibility, in contrast to earlier nationalist historians and a long line of Irish revolutionaires who approvingly recalled John Mitchell`s famous dictum"The almighty indeed sent the potato blight, but the English created the Famine".

This essay is deliberately intended as a challenge to the revisionist historiography of the Famine, in which Mitchell and other nationalist propagandists are dismissed as the creators of the baseless myth of genocide.

My contention is that the idea of genocide had taken firm root in Irish political consciousness long before Mitchell published his most influential works on the subject. And it is also my contention that while genocide was not committed, what happened during and as a result of the clearances had the look of genocide to a great many Irish contemporaries. Ard Mhacha.