News / Events
Economic Development in Ireland 1798-1921
Discussion of the nineteenth-century Irish economy is often dominated by the image of the Famine. The emphasis is in many ways justified. The catastrophic consequences of the failure of the potato crop are a powerful reminder of what was distinctive about Ireland in this period, and the horrors of the Famine left a long shadow. But this was not the only element in the story of nineteenth-century economic development, a story that had postive as well as negative aspects and that forms an essential part of the background to any discussion of Irish society in this period.
The presentation that follows looks at three closely related issues: the development of the Irish economy in the era of the British-Irish union, as reconstructed and debated by economic historians; the way in which the economy was perceived by Irish and British contemporaries and the political consequences of those perceptions; and the policy responses of the British state, frequently adopted under pressure from Irish developments or agitation. [Download powerpoint presentation]
Hot Topics ...
Have a question about Irish History or studying at Queen's? Have an opinion? Check out the Discussion Forum!!
Latest news ...
- What was life like in Belfast 100 years ago? Take a look at Dr Olwen Purdue's BBC slideshow and podcast on the Belfast workhouse
- Interested in the Easter Rising? Listen to the esteemed Dr Fearghal McGarry discuss the event
- What do you know about the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement? Check out a lecture by Dr Stuart Aveyard on the subject
- Looking for an interesting book to read? Check out the review of Cliona Rattigan's 'What else could I do?'
- Our Head of School talks about the Famine. Have a listen
- Here's some info for those interested in WWII in Northern Ireland
- Read about 19th-century emigration
- What do you know about Civil Authority (Special Powers) Act? Read here!
- Watch our Professor Liam Kennedy on Canadian tv
- Read about Queen Victoria and her visit to Ireland in August 1849
- Learn about the Williamite Wars
- Read about women at Queen's College Belfast in the early 20th century