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The author of the book: Timothy W. Guinnane
Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: November 2nd 1997
ISBN: 0691043078
ISBN 13: 9780691043074
Language: English
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The size of the: 7.55 MB

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In the years between the Great Famine of the 1840s and the First World War, Ireland experienced a drastic drop in population: The percentage of adults who never married soared from 10 percent to 25 percent, while the overall population decreased by one third. What accounted for this? For many social analysts, the history of post-Famine Irish depopulation was a Malthusian morality tale where declining living standards led young people to postpone marriage out of concern for their ability to support a family. The problem here, argues Timothy Guinnane, is that living standards in post-Famine Ireland did not decline. Rather, other, more subtle economic changes influenced the decision to delay marriage or not marry at all. In this engaging inquiry into the "vanishing Irish, " Guinnane explores the options that presented themselves to Ireland's younger generations, taking into account household structure, inheritance, religion, cultural influences on marriage and family life, and especially emigration.

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