John Bull’s Other Homes

BookJohn Bull’s Other Homes

John Bull’s Other Homes

State Housing and British Policy in Ireland, 1883-1922

1996

November 1st, 1996

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State housing became an integral part of the relationship between Ireland and Great Britain from the 1880s until the early 1990s. Using research from both Irish and Westminster sources, this book shows that there was recurrent pressure for the state to intervene in housing in Ireland in a period when the ‘Irish Question’ was the major domestic political issue. The result was that the model of subsidised state housing subsequently introduced in Britain was first developed in Ireland, as a product of the tensions of British rule. An important corollary of innovative Irish housing policy was its influence, even in a negative sense, on developments in mainland Britain. This book also examines the cultural impact of imperialism, and in particular the way in which British ideas of garden suburb housing and town planning design came significantly to reshape the Irish urban environment. Fraser not only presents hitherto unknown material, but does so in a unique interdisciplinary blend of architectural, planning, urban and socio-economic history.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title4
Title Page6
Copyright7
Dedication8
Contents10
List of Figures, Diagrams and Tables12
Acknowledgements17
Introduction20
1. Rural Housing and the State in Ireland before the First World War40
2. Urban State Housing in Ireland before 191480
3. The Influence of Early Irish State Housing on British Policy135
4. Home Rule and Garden Suburb Ideals in Ireland before 1914151
5. War-time Housing and Reconstruction after the 1916 Easter Rising167
6. The Post-war Housing Campaign in Ireland204
7. Post-war Housing for Irish Ex-servicemen259
8. State Housing in Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State291
Conclusion311
Diagrams and Tables322
References333
Bibliography409
Index428