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Land questions in modern Ireland$
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Fergus Campbell and Tony Varley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078804

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078804.001.0001

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Irish land questions in the state of the Union

Irish land questions in the state of the Union

(p.3) 1 Irish land questions in the state of the Union
Land questions in modern Ireland

Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh

Manchester University Press

Gear�id � Tuathaigh uses the cultural critic S�amus Deane's distinction between ‘land’ and ‘soil’ to frame his wide-ranging and insightful survey essay of Irish land questions in the nineteenth century and beyond. His contention is that the registers of ‘soil’ and of ‘land’ can illuminate any examination of the political, economic and cultural contexts in which Irish land questions came to be both embedded and pursued in the nineteenth century. The centrality of the land question to the larger ‘Irish question’ is examined. And the range of ways in which the British State responded, both passively and actively, to the politicisation of Irish land are explored. Here popular movements for legal protection for tenant right, and later for the transfer of ownership from landlord to tenant, come into the picture. Who won and who lost in the course of Irish land struggles is a topic paid considerable attention.

Keywords:   S�amus Deane, ‘Land’ and ‘soil’, State responses, Collective action, Winners and losers

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