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A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779   By: (1741-1820)

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A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779 by Arthur Young provides a unique perspective on the vibrant and complex landscape of 18th-century Ireland. Drawing upon his meticulous observations and detailed records, the author takes readers on an enlightening journey through the country, showcasing its economic, cultural, and agricultural aspects.

Young's writing style is engaging and informative, painting a vivid picture of Ireland during this pivotal time period. His attention to detail is commendable as he describes the diverse regions, cities, towns, and villages he encountered. From bustling markets to magnificent landscapes, his descriptions effortlessly transport readers to Ireland's various locales. Furthermore, his observations of the people and their way of life offer valuable insights into the social fabric of the time.

The book's primary focus lies in documenting Ireland's agricultural practices and economic conditions. Young's exploration of agricultural techniques, crops, and livestock provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the importance of agriculture to the Irish society of that era. His detailed accounts of farming methods, agricultural infrastructure, and land management highlight the challenges faced by Irish farmers and the potential for improvement.

In addition to its agricultural emphasis, A Tour in Ireland delves into Ireland's manufacturing and commercial sectors, showcasing its numerous industries and exploring the vibrant trade networks within the country and abroad. Young's commentary on the economic disparity between regions is thought-provoking, shedding light on the disparities and inequities prevalent in Ireland during this period.

What makes this book truly valuable is its historical significance. As a firsthand account written by a knowledgeable and observant author, it provides an authentic glimpse into a pivotal period in Irish history. The reader gains a deeper understanding not only of 18th-century Ireland but also of the broader implications of economic and agricultural developments in the British Isles.

However, it is worth noting that some readers may find the book's length and level of detail overwhelming. The intricacy of the agricultural and economic observations can occasionally detract from the overall flow of the narrative. Additionally, the absence of a clear structure may make it challenging for some readers to follow the author's train of thought as he moves from one topic to another.

Despite these minor drawbacks, A Tour in Ireland remains an invaluable resource for historians, researchers, and anyone interested in exploring 18th-century Ireland. Young's extensive knowledge, keen observations, and genuine curiosity make this book a timeless contribution to the understanding of Irish history and society.

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A TOUR IN IRELAND. 1776 1779.

BY ARTHUR YOUNG.

CASSELL & COMPANY, LIMITED: LONDON , PARIS , NEW YORK & MELBOURNE . 1897.

INTRODUCTION.

Arthur Young was born in 1741, the son of a clergyman, at Bradfield, in Suffolk. He was apprenticed to a merchant at Lynn, but his activity of mind caused him to be busy over many questions of the day. He wrote when he was seventeen a pamphlet on American politics, for which a publisher paid him with ten pounds' worth of books. He started a periodical, which ran to six numbers. He wrote novels. When he was twenty eight years old his father died, and, being free to take his own course in life, he would have entered the army if his mother had not opposed. He settled down, therefore, to farming, and applied to farming all his zealous energy for reform, and all the labours of his busy pen. In 1768, a year before his father's death, he had published "A Six Weeks' Tour through the Southern Counties of England and Wales," which found many readers.

Between 1768 and 1771 Arthur Young produced also "The Farmer's Letters to the People of England, containing the Sentiments of a Practical Husbandman on the present State of Husbandry... Continue reading book >>




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