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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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Popular Politics and the Making of the Wyndham Land Act, 1900–1903

Popular Politics and the Making of the Wyndham Land Act, 1900–1903

(p.42) 2 Popular Politics and the Making of the Wyndham Land Act, 1900–1903
Land and Revolution

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George Wyndham was firmly committed to introducing a substantial reform of the land question when he became Chief Secretary in November 1900. Although Wyndham had, by the spring of 1902, devised a sophisticated Irish policy, the Lord Lieutenant succeeded in implementing a policy in 1902 which was little more than a hand-to-mouth strategy: the proclamation of sixteen Irish counties and four county boroughs under the Crimes Act. Wyndham's failure to introduce a substantial Land Bill during the crisis of March 1902 was a direct result of cabinet opposition, and, particularly, that of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The United Irish League's agitation of 1901-2 played a fundamental role in transforming the views of the cabinet and the Irish Office on Wyndham's proposed land legislation.

Keywords:   United Irish League, Ireland, 1881 Land Act, land reform, George Wyndham

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