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Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Dr Fang-Long Shih

Economic Transition in Ireland 1957-73: contrasts and comparisons with Taiwan

With Professor Mary E. Daly (University College Dublin)

Series:  Regional Comparison: Taiwan and Ireland in Comparative Perspective

Date: Thursday 3 March 2011, 6pm-8pm

Venue: Seligman Library (Room OLD 605), Old Building, London School of Economics (LSE)

Chair: Mr Stuart Thompson (LSE Taiwan Research Programme)


In the late 1950s Ireland and Taiwan began the transition from predominantly rural and agrarian economies to more open industrial and urban economies.

This paper looks at the factors prompting this transition for Ireland; the economic and social pressures that ensued, and the forces that assisted and hindered the shift to an open industrial economy. Among the themes discussed are the factors prompting, such major changes in economic policy; the role of agriculture in that transition; the cultural and social tensions, and the significance of Ireland's proximity to, and dependence on Britain.

While the paper focuses on Ireland, it will highlight some contrasts with Taiwan, opening the way for a comparative discussion of social and economic change in the two countries.

About the Speaker

Professor Mary E. Daly is a Principal of the College of Arts and Celtic Studies at University College Dublin, and a Professor of History. She holds a BA and a Masters' degree from UCD and a doctorate from Oxford, where she was a student at Nuffield College. She has held visiting positions at Harvard Center for European Studies and Boston College. Her research interests cover many aspects of Irish history from the early nineteenth century to the present, including the Great Famine, urban history, women's history, and the history of the independent Irish state.

She is a Principal Investigator in the Wellcome-Trust Funded Centre for History of Medicine in Ireland. Her publications include: The Irish State and the Diaspora (2010, National University of Ireland, O'Donnell Lecture); The Slow Failure: population decline and independent Ireland 1922-1973 (Wisconsin University Press, 2006): a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book of the Year; 1916 in 1966: commemorating the Easter Rising (Royal Irish Academy, 2007, with Margaret O'Callaghan); 'The Irish Free State/Eire/Republic of Ireland/Ireland: ' a country by any other name'?'. Journal of British Studies, 46 :72-90 (2007); 'Irish nationality and citizenship since 1922'. Irish Historical Studies, 2001xxxii (No. 127):377-407; 'Wives, Mothers and Citizens: the treatment of women in the 1935 Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act '. Eire-Ireland, 2003 xxxviii : 244-263.

Her current research is concerned with changes in Irish economy and society, 1957-73, and a study of the medical profession and family planning in Ireland.