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Land and RevolutionNationalist Politics in the West of Ireland 1891-1921$
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Fergus Campbell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273249.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Land and Revolution

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of poverty in the west of Ireland during the late 19th century. It shows that the most powerful force for change was provided by the people themselves. Through their activism, the small farmers and labourers were able to transform their own lives by pressuring successive governments to introduce revolutionary land legislation. Between 1891 and 1921, their agitation for land reform was largely channelled through two popular nationalist movements — the United Irish League (1898-1919) and Sinn Sinn Féin (1905-21). The focus of this book and the approach adopted are described.

Keywords:   multinational corporations, industrial districts, globalization, poverty, land legislation

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