This book remains a potent examination of the effects of centuries of British rule on the Irish land and people. Mill expresses his thoughts on the “Irish question” and touches on the issues of Irish independence and his beliefs in representative democracy. As a member of the British parliament, Mill advocated easing the burdens on Ireland, and this book explains his reasoning why. Mill examines the wretched conditions of Irish farmers and the tendency of English overseers to stoop to colonialism. He also makes several prescient statements regarding the impending likelihood of an Irish revolution. This book continues to be an essential treatment of the issues that continue to be faced by the peoples of these two interconnected nations.
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