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Star of the Sea : A Postcolonial/Postmodern Voyage into the Irish Famine

Biology of the Famine

In this section of the book we will explore the scientific end of the Famine, providing a relatively in-depth look at some of the relatively neglected characters in the story of Ireland’s great 19th Century tragedy: disease, the blight, and the potato itself.

This section includes two paths, both linked below: “Effects of Famine on the Body,” which first details the biological processes of prolonged undernourishment, then provides an inventory of major diseases which would have been prevalent among sufferers of the famine; and “Agricultural Biology of the Famine,” which provides information about the history of the blight and potato cultivation in Ireland.

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