Additional Reading


     Readers wishing to delve more into the 1840’s Irish Famine have a plenthora of resources to choose from.  Two seminal works, written for general audiences, are:  The Great Hunger by Cecil Woodham-Smith (London, 1962); and, The Great Calamity by Christine Kinealy (Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1996).  For an understanding of the economic/historical  impact of the blight, I recommend anything by Professor Cormac O’Grada (University College, Dublin); ditto for anything penned by Professor Chris Morash of NUI Maynooth.

See also:

Berg, M., The Age of Manufacturers 1700-1829 (London, 1985).

Bew, Paul, Land and the National Question in Ireland, 1858-82 (New Jersey, 1979).

Bicheno, J.E., Ireland and It’s Economy, Vol. II (London, 1827).

Bielenberg, Andy, Cork’s Industrial Revolution 1780-1880 (Cork, 1991).

Blacker, William, An Essay on the Best Mode of Improving the Condition of the Laboring Classes of Ireland (London, 1846).

Brady, J.C., ‘English Law and Irish Land in the Nineteenth Century’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 23 (1972), 24-47.

Boyce, D. George, Nineteenth Century Ireland:  The Search for Stability (Dublin, 1990).

Butler, William F.T., Confiscation in Irish History (London, 1970).

Calabresi, Guida & Melamed, A. Douglas, ‘Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Inalienability:  One View of the Cathedral’, 85  Harvard LawReview 1089 (1972).

Crawford, E. Margaret, Famine:  The Irish Experience 900-1900    (Edinburgh, 1989).

Devine, T.M., The Great Highland Famine:  Hunger, Emigration and the Scottish Highlands in the Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh, 1988).

Dowling, Alan, ‘The Genesis of Deasy’s Act’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 40 (1989), 53-63.

Dowling, Alan,, ‘Set-Off Against Rent’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 39 (1988), 258-276.

Dowling, Alan, ‘Of Ships and Sealing Wax:  The Introduction of Land Registration in Ireland’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 44 (1993), 360-379.

Duncan, T., ‘Tenure of Land in Ireland’, 24 Dublin Review (1848), 350-80.

Dunning, Wm. A., Irish Land Legislation Since 1845 (New York 1892).

Dunning, Wm. A., ‘Irish Encumbered Estates Act 12 Law Journal (1849), 35-6.

Edwards, R. Dudley, Studies in Irish  History (Dublin, 1979).

Edwards, R. Dudley, & Williams, T. Desmond, The Great Famine (Dublin, 1956).

Fitzgibbon, G., The Land Difficulty in  Ireland (London, 1869). 

Giesen, Dieter, The Law and Religious Minorities in Post Tudor Ireland:    Some  Reflections Against the Background of Irish Legal and Social History’, University of Tasmania Law Review (1983), 123-135

Godkin, James, The Land War in Ireland (London 1870).

Goldstrom, J.M. & Clarkson, L.A., Irish Population, Economy and Society (Oxford, 1981).

Guttmann, Joel, ‘The Economics of Tenant Rights in Nineteenth Century Irish Agriculture’, 18 Econ. Inquiry 408 (1980).

Hooker, Elizabeth Robbins, Readjustments of Agricultural Tenure in Ireland(Chapel Hill, 1938).

Hoppen, K. Theodore, Elections, Politics and Society in Ireland, 1832-1885 (Oxford, 1984).

Hoppen, K. Theodore, Ireland Since 1800:  Conflict and Conformity (London, 1989).

Kennedy, Liam & Ollerenshaw, Philip, An Economic History of Ulster, 1820-1940 (Manchester, 1985).

Kolbert, Colin Francis, Land Reform in Ireland:  A Legal History of the Irish Land Problem and its Settlement (Cambridge, 1975).

Lee, Joseph, ‘The Ribbonmen’, in T. Desmond Williams (ed.), Secret Societies in Ireland (Dublin, 1973).

MacManus, Seumas, The Story of the Irish Race (New York, 1944).

McDowell, R.B., Public Opinion and Government Policy in Ireland, 1801-1846 (London, 1952).

Maltby, Arthur & Maltby, Jean, Ireland in the Nineteenth Century   (Oxford, 1979).

Mill, J.S., Political Economy, Vol. I (London, 1849).

Mokyr, Joel, Why Ireland Starved:  A Quantitative and Analytical History of the Irish Economy, 1800-1850 (London, 1983).

Montgomery, William Ernest, The History of Land Tenure in Ireland (Cambridge, 1889).

Morris, W. O’Connor, The Land Question of Ireland (London, 1870).

Newark, F.H., ‘The Bringing of English Law to Ireland’, Northern Ireland   Legal Quarterly 23 (1972), 3-15.

O’Brien, G., The Economic History of Ireland from the Union to the Famine (London, 1921).

O’Brian, R. Barry, The Irish Land Question, From 1829 to 1869 (London, 1880).

O’Brien, R. Barry, Two Centuries of Irish History (London, 1888).

O’Day, Alan & Stevenson, John, Irish Historical Documents since 1800 (Dublin, 1992).

O’Grada, Cormac, Ireland Before and After the Famine (Manchester, 1993).

O’Tuathaig, Gearoid, Ireland Before the Famine 1798-1848 (Dublin, 1972).

Otway-Ruthven, A.J., A History of  Medieval Ireland (New York, 1993).

Paterson, Nerys, Cattle Lords & Clansmen (London, 1994).

Pomfret, John E., The Struggle for Land in Ireland, 1800-1923 (Princeton, 1930).

Richey, Alexander G., The Irish Land Laws (London, 1881).

Roebuck, Peter, ‘Landlord Indebtedness in Ulster in the Seventeenthand Eighteenth Centuries’ in J.M. Goldstrom and L.A. Clarkson (eds.), Irish Population, Economy and Society:  Essays in honour of              the late K.H. Connell (Oxford, 1981).

Scott, J., Weapons of the Weak:  Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (New Haven, 1985).

Smith, Cynthia E., ‘The Land Tenure System in Ireland:  A Fatal Regime, Marquette Law Review 76 (1993), 469-484.

Sullivan, A.M., New  Ireland (London, 1877).

Vaughan, W.E., Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland(Oxford, 1994).

Woodham-Smith, Cecil, The Great Hunger (London, 1962).



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