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Political Violence in IrelandGovernment and Resistance since 1848$
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Charles Townshend

Print publication date: 1984

Print ISBN-13: 9780198200840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200840.001.0001

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Land War

Land War

(p.105) 3 Land War
Political Violence in Ireland

Charles Townshend

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of land war in the political violence in Ireland during the 19th century. The land war created a revolution in land tenure which forced the British government to invert the legal relationship between land and tenant, and to deploy state funds to bring about a substantial transition to peasant proprietorship. These events increased the political awareness of the unpoliticized rural Irish population and created consciousness about their collective strength. These involved the growth of new organizational forms and the adoption of sophisticated methods of struggle such as sanctions against opponents and boycotting.

Keywords:   land war, political violence, Ireland, peasant proprietorship, political awareness, political struggle

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