Historians and the Famine: a beleaguered species?

  title={Historians and the Famine: a beleaguered species?},
  author={Mary Daly},
  journal={Irish Historical Studies},
  pages={591 - 601}
  • M. Daly
  • Published 1 November 1997
  • History
  • Irish Historical Studies
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