Reforming Food in Post-Famine Ireland: Medicine, Science and Improvement, 1845-1922

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Reforming food in post-famine Ireland: Medicine, science and improvement, 1845-1922 is the first dedicated study of how and why Irish eating habits dramatically transformed between the famine and independence. It also investigates the simultaneous reshaping of Irish food production after the famine. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the book draws from the diverse methodological disciplines of medical history, history of science, cultural studies, Irish studies, gender studies and food studies. Making use of an impressive range of sources, it maps the pivotal role of food in the shaping of Irish society onto a political and social backdrop of famine, Land Wars, political turbulence, the First World War and the struggle for independence. It will be of interest to historians of medicine and science as well as historians of modern Irish social, economic, political and cultural history.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)978-0719088865
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014


  • history of Irish diet
  • post-Famine Irish diet
  • tea drinking in Ireland
  • Irish food history

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