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The Era of the Plan of Campaign, 1886–1891

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Abstract

Landlords were of the opinion that nationalists vilified them indiscriminately, with the improver being as reprehensible as the evictor. While there is justification for them feeling unjustly maligned, they often did very little to counteract public perception and their withdrawal from public life was interpreted as hubris, which further antagonised tenants. Land legislation and declining deference resulted in the slow disintegration of estates in Ireland. This silent revolution of aristocratic decline presented landlords with a multiplicity of problems in controlling their remaining local interests as they became increasingly isolated. In east Galway, previously infrequent criticisms towards Clancarty and Clonbrock became more regular, with hostility towards other landlords such as Ashtown, Clanricarde and Dunsandle becoming much more vocal and animated.

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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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