Bailey, William F. 'The Prussian agrarian reforms of the present century: their method and extent'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. IX Part LXX, 1889/1890, pp477-483
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. IX Part LXX 1889/1890
Much misunderstanding exists, even among those who have made
land reform a special study, respecting the principles and methods
of the Prussian agrarian legislation of the present century. The
prevailing belief is that it involved a compulsory expropriation of
landowners holding, as do Irish landowners at the present time — an
expropriation, moreover, which was immediate and universal in its
operation. Such a belief is inaccurate and misleading. Prussian
legislation contained the principles of compulsory transfer of property;
but it was of a different property from that with which we are concerned
in Ireland, and half a century passed by before that legislation
had attained to its full development. There are, however,
many elements in the land legislation of Stein and Hardenburg and
their successors, there are numerous lessons to be derived from its
working, which should not be neglected or overlooked by the
statesman or legislator who would deal effectively with the problem
presented to us in Ireland.
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