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Nineteenth Century Books on Ireland

Edited by C. Ó Gráda

Nineteenth Century Books on Ireland contains over 300 rare monographs published in the nineteenth century. This specialist collection contains texts selected from the General Collection on Society and Culture.

Subjects covered include:

  • The Union
  • Home rule
  • Famine
  • Emigration
  • Regeneration of agriculture and industry
  • Sectarian movements
  • Catholic emancipation
  • Land reform
  • Ethnology of the Celts

The collection is unique for the large number of pamphlets it contains. This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that almost no aspect of Irish life and culture in the nineteenth century was untouched by the burning political issues of the age. Debate raged in Ireland and England over the issues of land reform, religious liberty, economic regeneration and the movement for Irish self-government. These debates generated the prolific publication of pamphlets and open public letters, many of which are republished in Nineteenth Century Books on Ireland.

'Rising literacy and a decline in the real cost of reading material meant a big increase in the amount of print material published in and about Ireland during the century. Ireland's turbulent politics and proximity to Great Britain produced an enormous corpus of literature for the historian. Nineteenth Century Books on Ireland includes first-hand accounts on the events of the time, thoughts on the controversies, the poor law, education, and penal reform, impressions of outsiders, assessments of economic change, biographies and memoirs, and debates about things as diverse as the future of Irish industry and the celibacy of the Irish clergy, arterial drainage and Sunday closing'.

Professor Cormac Ó Gráda
University College, Dublin

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