Date of Award

Fall 1980

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Norman Pollock

Committee Member

Douglas H. Greene

Committee Member

Patrick Rollins

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 C58


This is a study of the Irish Land Question and the evolution of British policy aimed at solving it. In 1848 Parliament proposed legislation strictly in keeping with current ideas of laissez-faire, yet by 1870 they passed an act which totally reversed this policy.

This change in British policy was due to the combination of two forces. First the progressive ideas of Liberal Prime Minister, William E. Gladstone, and second, the violent Fenian atrocities that made the British more receptive to radical ideas. The Irish Land Act of 1870 represented a turning point in British policy toward Ireland as Parliament for the first time accepted a direct role in the regulation of Irish property rights.


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