Francis William Newman on Irish land tenure reform: a contribution to the "population question" in mid-Victorian England


This paper examines the views of neglected nineteenth century political economist, Francis William Newman, on the Irish Land Question. In doing so, it sets them in the broader context of debates over Malthusianism in mid- Victorian England. Specifically, Newman's amalgam of magnanimous principles with an effectively laissez faire disposition towards social problems in Ireland is contrasted with John Stuart Mill's advocacy of an economic and social reform agenda. In addition, Newman's idealistic position on other burning issues of the day is explored in the context of his reputation as a freethinking Victorian maverick.



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