Carla King studied at University College Dublin and at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. She is a lecturer in Modern History at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, in Dublin.
Land has been a dominant theme in modern Irish history, extending to political and cultural issues as well as permeating social and economic ones. Recent scholarship has uncovered a picture richer in detail and more complex in its development than traditional images of the land question would suggest. This collection of eleven essays takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject of land in Ireland, from the time of the Great Famine to present and even future issues. It will be of interest to those concerned with the land and rural society in Ireland, past and present, and with the influence of these in shaping Irish culture.
Bastardy and the Great Famine - Ireland 1845-50
Parnell, Davitt and the Irish land question
Davitt after the Land League
agricultural labourers and the land question
landlords and the land question, 1879 1909
the hidden history of the Irish land war - a guide to local resources
an Irish school of art? Depictions of the landscape in a critical period
land and Liam O'Flaherty
women, work and memory in rural Ireland
a rural policy for the 21st century.
"an interdisciplinary collection of essays, which ranges from the painstakingly researched to lightly-annotated-but-generally-insightful contributions."
Irish Studies Review 9 (3) 2001
"Eleven papers, some of them specific pieces of original research, others general analyses ... edited by Carla King into a fine collection which focuses mainly on the land question. The editor's succinct introduction points to parallels between the Irish and European experience."
Irish Historical Studies 2001
"The book is very sound on the cultural emanations from the famine, the growth of an Irish school of art and the influence of Paul Henry, a devotee of Achill Island. The influence of the land on Liam O'Flaherty and his work is discussed at length."
Books Ireland Oct 2001