Land and the national question in Ireland 1858-82 – Paul Bew
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The question of land and its ownership profoundly affected the course of modern Irish nationalism. The struggle between tenant farmers and their landlords, which reached its height in the land war of 1879-82, was a major agrarian revolution and it also played a decisive role in determining Anglo-Irish relations in the nineteenth century.
Land and the national question 1858-82 highlights the importance of social and economic conditions in this critical period of Irish history. It provides the first complete insight into the land league, the agrarian movement which pointed the way to the eventual solution of the land problem – the abolition of landlordism and the transformation of the rent-paying tenants into peasant proprietors.