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A New History of IrelandEarly Modern Ireland 1534-1691$
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T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, and F. J. Byrne

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562527.001.0001

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The Irish Economy, 1600–60

The Irish Economy, 1600–60

(p.168) Chapter VI The Irish Economy, 1600–60
A New History of Ireland

Aidan Clarke

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Irish economy from 1600 to 1660. The Irish situation was exceptional in a number of respects. The Irish economy was conditioned by the connection with England in two distinct ways: economic activity was directly affected by government policies in Ireland, and the use of Irish resources was indirectly limited and confined by government policies formulated for England without regard to their effects upon Ireland. Within Ireland, the conflict of interests was unrestrained. Land was the primary source of wealth, and the struggle for its ownership and possession dominated these sixty years. It was not Ireland that prospered in these years, but those who controlled Ireland's resources, and this distinction was to become increasingly plain in the years that followed.

Keywords:   Irish economy, economic activity, Irish resources, land

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