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Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland$
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W. E. Vaughan

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203568.001.0001

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Resistance to Landlordism

Resistance to Landlordism

(p.177) 7 Resistance to Landlordism
Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland


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In Ireland, landlords were greatly outnumbered by tenants. It was unlikely that landlords could mobilize more than 20,000 able-bodied followers to confront well over half a million tenants. Not only were landlords numerically weak, but they suffered from weaknesses that made them vulnerable to tenants' resistance. The tenants, on the other hand, were numerous, they knew each other, and they had much in common. Their ability to organize themselves, to find what Bishop Nulty called ‘principles of aggregation’, was crucial to the history of landlord-tenant relations. The development of a trade union among them would have greatly modified the management of estates even without the land acts of 1870 and 1881. Organized resistance, both legal and illegal, between 1879 and 1882 played an important part in changing landlordism.

Keywords:   Ireland, landlords, tenants, principles of aggregation, trade union, estate management, organized resistance, landlordism, landlord-tenant relations

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