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The Irish Hunger And Its Alignments With The 1948 Genocide Convention, Larissa M. Banitt Apr 2015

The Irish Hunger And Its Alignments With The 1948 Genocide Convention, Larissa M. Banitt

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The Irish Hunger of the mid nineteenth century began when a potato blight ruined most of Ireland's crop. While this was indeed a natural crisis, Britain's ineffective response exacerbated the sugaring the Irish endured. Widespread discrimination of the Irish, economic and moral ideologies all contributed to the British government's reaction to the famine. This paper evaluates how British adherence to these ideologies increased Irish suffering and aligns with the definition of genocide as defined by the 1948 Genocide Convention