Author: Curtis Jr., L. Perry
Brand: University College Dublin Press
Number Of Pages: 432
Release Date: 05-05-2011
Details: Product Description Dispossession has a long and tortuous history in Ireland, reaching back to the eleventh century. In the Victorian era, evictions became major social, cultural and political events, especially with the notorious clearances of the Great Famine years. In numbers, evictions declined dramatically after the mid-1850s, but in terms of media attention and political import they reached their zenith in the 1880s after the founding of the Irish National Land League. When tenantry defended their abodes, reporters and artists flocked to the scene and their descriptions of these conflicts form the central part of this book. Drawing on memoirs, ballads, poems, folklore and novels and providing numerous illustrations of contemporary prints and photographs, Curtis provides the first book-length study of rural evictions over a period of sixty years. Review "Curtis's book is thoroughly researched and provides micro-narratives of dozens of notable eviction over a sixty-five-year preiod. They often make for fascinating reading at the level of human drama." -- Victorian Studies "Victorian Studies" "Curtis succeeds in portraying the human story behind eviction statistics. . . Provides future scholars and students with a reference point for all the key conflicts of the period." -- Irish Literary Supplement "Irish Literary Supplement" About the Author L. Perry Curtis, Jr, whose books include Coercion and Conciliation in Ireland (1963) and Apes and Angels (1971, 1997), retired from the Departments of History and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in 2001 and now lives in Vermont.
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