Part I. County Mayo Prior to the Famine: 1. The natural and historical setting; 2. The economy and society of County Mayo, 1691-1846; 3. Pre-Famine popular politics and rural protest; Part II. The Post-Famine Transformation of Mayo: 4. Economy and society, 1846-1877; 5. Post-Famine politics prior to the Land War; Part III. The Land War in Mayo: 6. The West's awake!: the early months of the Land War in Mayo; 7. The centralisation of the agitation, June 1879-April 1880; 8. Tensions within the Land League in Mayo, 1880; 9. The collapse of the land agitation, 1880-1881; Appendices; Bibliography.
A study of the Irish county of Mayo, from Elizabethan times to the late nineteenth century.
"...excellent study...It is thoughtful, thought-provoking, and well written. I have no doubt that other readers will find it as stimulating as I have." Samuel Clark, Albion "...this book makes a lucid and substantial contribution to several long-running debates on economic and social change in modern Ireland." Journal of Economic History "...[Jordan's] treatment of the period between the early 1850s and the Land War is admirable..." Times Lliterary Supplement "...a fine addition to the most vigorous sector of Irish historical writing of the present day: regional histories, or more accurately in the Irish context, county histories..." Donald Harman Akenson, Agricultural History "...it is the level of detail with which the themes are explored so concisely and clearly by Donald E. Jordan that marks a real advance. In addition, he makes an important revision to accepted views on some key issues...Jordan has with this book considerably advanced our understanding of the dynamics and processes of the Irish land struggle in the crucible county where it began." Histoire sociale