The land war and the politics of distress, 1877–82


in A New History of Ireland, Volume VI

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702365 | DOI:

Series: New History of Ireland

The land war and the politics of distress, 1877–82

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This chapter examines the political distress and land war in Ireland during the period from 1877 to 1882. It discusses British Prime Minister William Gladstone's visit to Ireland in October 1877 to reform his old Irish constituency, and the power struggle within the home rule party. The chapter highlights the formation of the land league and the incarceration of Charles Stewart Parnell, which had a positive impact on his political career and popularity. It also discusses the impact of the land war in defining and strengthening the sense of national identity.

Keywords: political distress; land war; Ireland; William Gladstone; power struggle; home rule party; Charles Stewart Parnell; political career; national identity

Chapter.  14044 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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