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Ireland social, political, and religious

Author: Gustave de Beaumont; W C Taylor
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.
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Paralleling his friend Alexis de Tocqueville's visit to America, Gustave de Beaumont traveled through Ireland in the mid-1830s to observe its people and society. In Ireland, he chronicles the history of the Irish and offers up a national portrait on the eve of the Great Famine. Published to acclaim in France, Ireland remained in print there until 1914. The English edition, translated by William Cooke Taylor and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gustave de Beaumont; W C Taylor
ISBN: 0674021657 9780674021655
OCLC Number: 62331053
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xv, 419 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part II (Annexed to Part I in the translation) --
Preface, 1863: A Report on the Present State of Ireland (1862-1863) 379.
Other Titles: Irlande sociale, politique, et religieuse.
Responsibility: Gustave de Beaumont ; edited and translated by W.C. Taylor ; with an introduction by Tom Garvin and Andreas Hess.

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Chronicles the history of the Irish and offers up a national portrait on the eve of the Great Famine. This English edition reproduces the 19th century translation and includes an introduction on  Read more...

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