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The imposition of laissez faire during the Irish famine

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 02:49 PM by Gile na Gile

The potato blight of 1845-9 (which appeared on the continent first) gave rise to a pan-European subsistence crisis and was in turn a major aggravating factor for the social unrest which preceded the 1848 revolutions; and so, it made perfect sense for individual countries to do all in their power to lessen the sufferings of their peasantry lest they should reap (as many indeed did) - the whirlwind of revolt.

By the mid 19th century closing ports for food exports during a subsistence...
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