Land and Revolution: Nationalist Politics in the West of Ireland 1891-1921

Paperback | February 10, 2008

byFergus Campbell

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In the 1890s, most of the inhabitants of the west of Ireland experienced great poverty and hardship, living - as they did - on farms that were too small to provide them with a reasonable standard of living. By 1921, however, the living conditions of many of them had been transformed by aseries of Land Acts that revolutionized the system of land holding in Ireland. This book examines agrarian conflict in Ireland during the neglected period between the death of Parnell (1891) and the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty (1921), and demonstrates that land reform was often introduced inresponse to popular protest.Whereas earlier accounts have tended to examine Irish political history from the perspective of British governments or nationalist leaders, this book breaks new ground by providing an account of popular political activity in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland. For the first time, thesocial background, ideas, and activities of grass-roots political activists are systematically explored, as are the class conflicts that threatened to fragment the unity of the nationalist movement in rural communities. By reinserting the activism of ordinary people into the broader historicalrecord, Dr Campbell suggests new interpretations of a number of critical developments including the failure of 'constructive unionism', the origins of Sinn Fein, and the nature and dynamics of the Irish revolution (1916-23). Using the recently released archives of the Bureau of Military History, thestory of the war of independence in the western county of Galway is told in the words of both the Irish Republican Army and its enemies.Land and Revolution transforms our understanding of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Irish history, and also contributes to comparative studies of nationalism, revolution, and agrarian protest.

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In the 1890s, most of the inhabitants of the west of Ireland experienced great poverty and hardship, living - as they did - on farms that were too small to provide them with a reasonable standard of living. By 1921, however, the living conditions of many of them had been transformed by aseries of Land Acts that revolutionized the syste...

Fergus Campbell is a Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:February 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199541507

ISBN - 13:9780199541508

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The 'Western Problem': Land and Politics in Connacht, 1891-18992. Popular Politics and the Making of the Wyndham Land Act, 1900-19033. The Ranch War and Irish Nationalist Politics, 1904-19104. The 'Law of the League': United Irish League Justice, 1898-19105. The Evolution of Sinn Fein: Separatist Politics in County Galway, 1905-19186. Land and Revolution in the West of Ireland, 1918-1921Conclusion

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`'Dr Campbell is a true revisionist. He revises historical opinions in the light of his own original research... [a] thought-provoking and scholarly work.' '- The Irish Times