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Author Daly, Mary E.

Title The slow failure : population decline and independent Ireland, 1922-1973 / Mary E. Daly
Published Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 438 pages)
Series History of Ireland and the Irish diaspora
History of Ireland and the Irish diaspora.
Contents The pathology of Irish demographic history -- Saving rural Ireland : 1920-1960 -- Marriages, births, and fertility : the Irish family -- The Irish state and its emigrants : 1922-1954 -- The vanishing Irish : 1954-1961 -- 1961-1971 : "A worthy homeland for the Irish people"? -- "A ticket to London is a ticket to hell" : emigrants, emigrant welfare, and images of Ireland
Summary "At the outset of the twenty-first century, Ireland's population is rising, immigration outpaces emigration, most families have two or at most three children, and full-time farmers are in steady decline. But the opposite was true for more than a century, from the great famine of the 1840s until the 1960s. Between 1922 and 1966 - most of the first fifty years after independence - the population of Ireland was falling, in the 1590s as rapidly as in the 1880s. Mary E. Daly's The Slow Failure examines not just the reasons for the decline, but the responses to it by politicians, academics, journalists, churchmen, and others who publicly agonized over their nation's "slow failure." Eager to reverse population decline but fearful that economic development would undermine Irish national identity, they fashioned statistical evidence to support ultimately fruitless policies that encouraged large, rural farm families. Focusing on both Irish government and society, Daly places Ireland's population history in the mainstream history of independent Ireland. Her book is essential reading for understanding modern Irish history."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-416) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ireland -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
Ireland -- History -- 1922-
Ireland -- Population -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005005458
ISBN 0299212939 (electronic bk.)
9780299212933 (electronic bk.)