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Land Wars in Ireland 1876-1909

This course explores the background and various stages of the Land Wars from 1876 to 1909. It explores the pre-Land War milieu, its various phases over a thirty year period and how the countryside was mobilised during this formative period as the strong farmers and shopkeepers consolidated their influence in the countryside, with the labourer, town tenant and small farmer losing out. In addition, it explores the role that local activists as well as people like Michael Davitt and Charles Stewart Parnell played in the mobilization of the countryside to demand peasant proprietorship and the end of landlordism in Ireland.

Dates Venue/Location Fee €
10 Jan 2018 to 28 Feb 2018 National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2


8 Wednesdays                   10.30 – 1.00pm

Jan 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21


Bew, Paul, Land and the national question in Ireland, 1858-82

Campbell, Fergus, Land and revolution: Nationalist politics in the west of Ireland

Casey, Brian (ed) Defying the law of the land: Agrarian radicals in Irish History

Clark, Samuel, Social origins of the Irish land war

Crossman, Virginia, Poverty and the poor law in Ireland, 1850-1914

Finnegan, Pat, Loughrea: ‘That den of infamy’. The Land War in county Galway, 1879-82

Lucey, Donnacha Sean, Land, popular politics and agrarian violence in Ireland: the case of county Kerry, 1876-92.

  • Be familiar with key political and social concerns surrounding the land question
  • Learn about the varying differences of opinion amongst nationalists regarding agrarian issues
  • Discuss the various responses of the 'challengning collectivity', government and landlords to tenant demands
  • Explore the consequences of land legislation for the lower classes in society

Dr Brian Casey is a historian of 19th and 20th century Ireland and Scotland. His research interest focuses upon the dynamics of agrarian radicalism, the Land War, famine and poor relief and the Catholic Church. He is the editor of Defying the law of the land: Agrarian radicals in Irish History (Dublin, 2013) and Lords, land and labourers: The Big Houses and landed estates of Royal Meath (Dublin, 2016).