"Drawing on a remarkably wide range of primary sources, most notably collections of estate papers, Vaughan provides a broad and comprehensive description and analysis of the mid-Victorian Irish land system."--Historian
"Vaughan has provided the basis for stimulating debate for years to come. He wanted to be provocative and has succeeded admirably. In addition, he has plugged a large number of holes in our knowledge of the Irish land question. On the whole, as one can expect of an historian of Vaughan's calibre, this is a first-rate piece of scholarship."--Albion
"Vaughn's admirable effort will be part of the new necessary foundation upon which others will build."--Journal of Modern History
"Vaughan's Magnum opus
not only integrates a generation of scholarly contributions, including his own, but it extends the terms of the debate in relation to tenant right, crime and law enforcement, the causes and effects of the Land War, and the reasons for the decline of the Anglo-Irish gentry. The style of writing is witty and compelling."--Victorian Studies
"...this is a splendid book that cannot be ignored by anyone who hopes to understand nineteenth-century Ireland."-- ournal of Interdisciplinary History
About the Author
W. E. Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer in History at Trinity College, Dublin.