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W. E. Vaughan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583744.001.0001

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The land war and the politics of distress, 1877–82

The land war and the politics of distress, 1877–82

(p.26) Chapter II The land war and the politics of distress, 1877–82
A New History of Ireland, Volume VI


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This chapter examines the political distress and land war in Ireland during the period from 1877 to 1882. It discusses British Prime Minister William Gladstone's visit to Ireland in October 1877 to reform his old Irish constituency, and the power struggle within the home rule party. The chapter highlights the formation of the land league and the incarceration of Charles Stewart Parnell, which had a positive impact on his political career and popularity. It also discusses the impact of the land war in defining and strengthening the sense of national identity.

Keywords:   political distress, land war, Ireland, William Gladstone, power struggle, home rule party, Charles Stewart Parnell, political career, national identity

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