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p. 323. Land questionslocked

  • Senia Pašeta

Abstract

‘Land Questions’ investigates problems in Irish agriculture and population in light of the Great Famine. The Irish population grew up until the 1840s, placing huge pressure on limited land. However, the Great Famine was a disaster, causing mass starvation and emigration. Debate raged about British ambivalence to the catastrophe. After the Famine, and in light of a decline in Irish rural customs, the land tenure system was overhauled. Irish politicians blamed landlords for failing to invest in their land, and a series of Land Acts eroded the power of landlordism, culminating in the Land Purchase Act of 1903.

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