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Landlords and Tenants in Ireland 1848 1904

Landlords and Tenants in Ireland 1848 1904

W.E. Vaughan

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Studies in Irish Economic and Social History 2

In the second half of the nineteenth century the relationship between Ireland's landlords and the country's 500,000 tenants became one of the most contentious public issues.

This led to a mass of intricate legislation and culminated in the great outbreak of rural agitation known as the Land War.

This pamphlet surveys the striking changes that have taken place in historians' views of the issue, and in the historical evidence that they have used.

The old picture of the predatory landlord and exploited tenant has gradually been replaced by a more balanced but more puzzling one: rents were not exorbitant, evictions were infrequent, and the period between the Famine and the Land War now appears as a prosperous one for farmers.

The Land War itself, once presented as financial disaster for the gentry and economic emancipation for the tenantry, is resented here as a social rather than an economic turning point.

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Author W.E. Vaughan
Publisher Dundalgan
Publication date 26 Mar 1994
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780947897017

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