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The First Phase of the Land War and Beyond, 1879–1885

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Abstract

The formalisation of protest was a form of social disciplining and the emergence of the Land League was the culmination of several years’ growth in political engagement amongst the lower classes. Grassroots social radicals advocated land reforms as the most pressing social and political concern. Parnell realised this and by April 1879, ‘land for the people’ became a rallying call. The Land War gave this activity a greater sophistication and focus and the Land League tried to direct violence into peaceful protests and mass meetings. The success of this could be seen when the law of the league superseded the ordinary law in bringing stability to the countryside. This chapter pays particular attention to intra-tenant conflict while juxtaposing it with anti-landlord rhetoric.

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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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