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Economic Impact of the Irish revolution


  • Eoin McLaughlin

    (Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews)


Over the period 1912 to 1923 Ireland underwent a constitutional revolution. The aim of this paper is to detail the economic context of this revolution and to outline some longer-term effects that the revolutionary period had on Irish economic development. The focus is predominantly on the Irish Free State, although comparison and reference is made to the ‘home rule’ polity of Northern Ireland. This paper was prepared as a chapter for the forthcoming Atlas of the Irish Revolution.

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  • Eoin McLaughlin, 2015. "Economic Impact of the Irish revolution," Discussion Papers in Environment and Development Economics 2015-13, University of St. Andrews, School of Geography and Sustainable Development.
  • Handle: RePEc:sss:wpaper:2015-13

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    Cited by:

    1. FitzGerald, John & Kenny, Seán, 2018. "Managing a Century of Debt," Lund Papers in Economic History 171, Lund University, Department of Economic History.
    2. Kenny, Seán & McLaughlin, Eoin, 2022. "Political Economy Of Secession: Lessons From The Early Years Of The Irish Free State," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 261, pages 48-78, August.

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    Irish economic history; revolution; partition;
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    • N14 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: 1913-
    • N44 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: 1913-

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