Emigration, 1871–1921


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

Emigration, 1871–1921

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This chapter focuses on the history of emigration in Ireland during the period from 1871 to 1921. It explains that Irish emigration was triggered by the Great Famine, and by 1880 had become a structural element of the post-famine social order. There were only two periods when hopes were aroused that the emigration flow might be halted: during the time of severe recession in North America in the 1870s and the wartime economic boom in Ireland during the 1910s. The chapter contains charts and tables showing statistics on Irish emigration during this period.

Keywords: emigration; Ireland; Great Famine; social order; recession; North America; economic boom

Chapter.  20074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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