The University of Wisconsin Press


Irish History / Sociology / Agriculture





Family and Farm in Pre-Famine Ireland
The Parish of Killashandra
Kevin O'Neill


"An important contribution both to Irish history and to the demographic study of peasant societies in general."—Journal of Social History

Now available in paperback, Kevin O'Neill's highly praised study of rural Ireland in the years leading up to the "Great Hunger" of the 1840s explicates the social, economic, and demographic conditions of the era. He argues that overpopulation and deprivation were inextricably linked to a third variable—the rapid economic development of rural Ireland that was shaped by British interests.

"An unrivalled picture of one small part of pre-Famine rural Ireland. . . . The book suggests that far from the Irish peasantry belonging to a subsistence economy they were heavily influenced by market forces, as indeed were the landlords."—Mary E. Daly, Irish Historical Studies

"The book is a pleasure to read; the analysis is logical, precise and nuanced; the wording, rich textured and apt. It is impossible in this space to report the variety and depth of the insights that pervade O'Neill's book."—Irish Literary Supplement

Kevin O'Neill is professor of history and director of the Irish Studies Program at Boston College. He was a historical consultant to the Famine Museum at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.


To schedule an interview with the author or to request a review copy of the book, contact our publicity manager, phone: (608) 263-0734, email: publicity@uwpress.wisc.edu



January 2003
LC: 84-040154 HD
248 pp.    5 1/2 x 8 1/2
2 maps

Book icon
Paper $19.95 s
ISBN
978-0-299-09844-5
Shopping cart ADD TO CART
  Review cart contents
Secure checkout

The cloth edition ISBN 978-0-299-09840-7 is out of print.

Home | Books | Journals | Events | Textbooks | Authors | Related | Search | Order | Contact

If you have trouble accessing any page in this web site, contact our Web manager.
E-mail: webmaster@uwpress.wisc.edu

Updated June 30, 2013

© 2013 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System