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actually in Ireland I believe point (1) was a huge contributor:  the best land was reserved for cash-cropping for staples exported to England, iirc.  Ireland was operated as a colony of England, with English landlords supervising hacienda agriculture and the indigenous (so to speak) Irish dispossessed and shuffled off onto the worst, most marginal land.

That is what I thought I had said in my point 3.   :-)

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 1st, 2009 at 05:48:33 PM EST
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