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Connolly, C
2002
April
Proceedings Of The Ieee
Scanning our past from Ireland - The transatlantic cable - An Irish perspective
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One of the papers presented at the IEEE History of Telecommunications Conference in Newfoundland last July looked at the first transatlantic cables from an Irish perspective. The writer is a Postgraduate Student at the University of Limerick and has studied the local impact of the cable as a relatively poor and isolated community suddenly found itself at a hub in the worldwide telecommunications network. Between 1845 and 1850, more than a million Irish people starved to death while massive quantities of food were being exported from Ireland (see Fig. 1). A half million were evicted from their homes during the potato blight and a million and a half emigrated to America, Britain, and Australia. While Britain provided much relief for Ireland's starving populace, many Irish criticized Britain's delayed response-and blamed centuries of British political oppression as the underlying cause of the famine.
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