In the rural midlands, where I grew up, there was a strong folk memory of the 1930s economic war between Ireland and Britain. A refusal by the Irish government under Eamon de Valera to pay land annuities, which were essentially loans that had been made to Irish farmers under the various Land Acts to buy their holdings, led to the British in turn imposing tariffs and quotas on Irish agricultural produce. Back then, the results...
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