The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine was published in September 2012 and has already been reprinted three times. It has been launched in Dublin, Cork, New York, Chicago and Boston.
The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine seeks to achieve a greater understanding of the Famine, through its 50 chapters and includes contributions from over 60 scholars from the arts, folklore, geography, history, archaeology, Irish and English languages and literatures. Included, are case studies of famine emigrants in cities such as Liverpool, Glasgow, New York and Toronto. The Atlas features 400 images and 200 maps that have been digitized in an ambitious project by collating maps of individual parishes and townlands that are based on census records.
Cork University Press has established an enviably high reputation in producing atlases. The latest – of the Great Irish Famine – maintains and enhances this record. Not only are the maps themselves innovative and attractive to look at, but they communicate clearly an abundance of information, often unfamiliar. The cartography is accompanied by a wealth of other images, sometimes strikingly beautiful, and also hauntingly distressful. In addition, a starry cast of experts provides incisive and illuminating commentary on all aspects of the disaster. All in all, this is likely to prove one of the most original and enduring studies of the grievous famine -Toby Barnard, Oxford University
ISBN 978-185918-479-0, €59, £55, Hardback, 299 x 237mm, 728pp, 200 maps and 400 illustrations, 60 contributors, September 2012
Further information: http://greatirishfamine.ie/