The Campaign Against Over-Taxation, 1863–65: A Reappraisal

  • Douglas KanterEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)


This chapter uses the ephemeral campaign against over-taxation, 1863–65, as a window onto the politics of Irish public finance in the mid-nineteenth century. It identifies the influences that encouraged the tax protest, analyses the organisation and geography of the agitation, and reappraises the case against post-Famine public finance in order to recover an alternative Irish fiscal policy. By demonstrating that grievances concerning taxation were subsequently incorporated into the home rule movement, it concludes that a long-forgotten campaign for tax reform had significant consequences for late Victorian and Edwardian politics.


Over-taxation Home rule Anglo-Irish public finance Tax protest W. E. Gladstone 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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