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By Gustave de Beaumont

Paralleling his buddy Alexis de Tocqueville's stopover at to the USA, Gustave de Beaumont traveled via eire within the mid-1830s to watch its humans and society. In Ireland, he chronicles the heritage of the Irish and provides up a countrywide portrait at the eve of the nice Famine. released to acclaim in France, eire remained in print there until eventually 1914. The English version, translated via William Cooke Taylor and released in 1839, was once now not reprinted.

In a devastating critique of British coverage in eire, Beaumont puzzled why a central authority with such enlightened associations tolerated such oppression. He was once scathing in his depiction of the ruinous nation of eire, noting the desperation of the Catholics, the distress of repeated famines, the unfair landlord procedure, and the faults of the aristocracy. It used to be no longer incredible the Irish have been noticeable as loafers, drunks, and brutes once they were lowered to residing like beasts. but Beaumont held out wish that British liberal reforms may perhaps heal Ireland's wounds.

This rediscovered masterpiece, in one quantity for the 1st time, reproduces the nineteenth-century Taylor translation and comprises an creation on Beaumont and his international. This quantity additionally offers Beaumont's impassioned preface to the 1863 French version during which he portrays the appalling results of the nice Famine.

A vintage of nineteenth-century political and social observation, Beaumont's singular portrait deals the compelling immediacy of an eyewitness to historical past.

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