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The Leaf That Launched a Thousand Ships: A Personal and Unnatural History of The Great Hunger

Friday, July 15, 2022

11 a.m. EDT | Online

A fragment of a leaf of a potato plant infected with Phytophthora infestans is implicated in the death of a million people in Ireland and emigration of a million and a half more, in a riveting story that interweaves migrations of plants and the diseases that chase them, agrobiodiversity, germ theory, the defeat of a British prime minister, the politics of science, bigotry, disaster relief, and cultural memory. The aftermath altered the demography of many parts of the world.

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