Search Results for 'Droughts and famines in Russia and the Soviet Union'

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‘Rather than die, the people submitted’

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The Great Famine of 1845 - 49 hit Achill Island particularly hard. Given the poor quality of its soil there was little or no alternative to the potato crop which failed throughout those years. Once the severity of the calamity became apparent, and that help from the government was begrudging and insufficient, there was a sensible coming together of Protestant and Catholic clergy to try to calm and feed the people.

Feeding children during the Great Famine

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Week III

 

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