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Everyday Life in 19th Century Ireland

Everyday Life in 19th Century Ireland

Ian Maxwell

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Examines the paradoxes, the monumental social changes that Ireland experienced through the Nineteenth century

19th Century Ireland was a world of extremes. The countryside was made up of great estates where more than half the land was owned by less than 1,000 landlords, many of them related by blood or marriage. Served by an army of staff, they enjoyed a luxurious and leisured lifestyle housed in mansions with richly furnished interiors and elaborate gardens. For the vast majority, however, life was on of grinding poverty.

But the country was in monumental change. The railways which were forged through the famine-stricken countryside would transform the local economy, providing employment, developing towns across the country and providing the impetus for Ireland's first tourist boom. Within a generation, life in Ireland had, for many, changed irrevocably.

The hated tithe proctor had long vanished, the hedge school was gone, and while by the end of the century Ireland had become a less remote place, to those who administered the country it remained a puzzle.

This book aims to examine those paradoxes and why Ireland in the nineteenth century was no less complex, beguiling, intriguing and exasperating than it is today.

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Author Ian Maxwell
Publisher The History Press
Publication date 8 Aug 2012
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781845887438

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