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Civil Society and EmpireIreland and Scotland in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World$
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James Livesey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300139020

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300139020.001.0001

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Improvement and the Discourse of Society in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

Improvement and the Discourse of Society in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

(p.54) Chapter Two Improvement and the Discourse of Society in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
Civil Society and Empire

James Livesey

Yale University Press

This chapter traces the history of Ireland's Dublin Society in the early eighteenth century. Founded in 1731, the Dublin Society was one of the most significant institutions through which Ireland adapted itself to the economic challenges that the country faced. The Irish House of Commons supported the institution's goal of improving the Irish economy by providing a wide variety of grants, premiums, and statutory boards. The Dublin Society eventually became the template, which dependency and the idea of British liberty would be reconciled, and a new socially grounded vision of the nation as a civil society was articulated.

Keywords:   economic challenges, Dublin Society, House of Commons, civil society, Ireland, eighteenth century

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