Question about Hobsbawm

Michael Perelman michael at
Thu Nov 2 22:53:04 MST 2000

Louis, the Irish military campaign was financed by promising the soldiers land
rather than paying them outright.  This was the beginning of modern economics,
since William Petty was in charge of the survey to divvy up the land.

> So I had to go to my library and take a look at Liz Curtis's "The Cause of
> Ireland" just to remind me what wuz up. She writes, "By 1685 the settlers
> [Cromwell's soldiers and Scottish farmers] had expropriated nearly 80
> percent of the land. In the process, the Gaelic social system was
> destroyed..."
> I ask you, how can you write about England's success in this period without
> writing about Ireland's failure? Aw, don't tell me. I think I know. It is
> called racism.
> Louis Proyect
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