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The greatest quantity of fine is the 1st complete account of Quaker reduction operations in eire and of the evolution of the Quakers' considering at the reasons and barriers of philanthropy and the accountability of the kingdom in catastrophe. Helen Hatton describes how the Quakers rejected orthodox fiscal and philanthropic conception and, with out looking revenue for themselves, supplied can provide and unguaranteed loans to increase and revitalize Irish agriculture, fisheries, and undefined. additionally they used exposure and political strain to push for reform of the land-holding process. even if the ability of the landowners was once too entrenched to be conquer totally, the Quakers' contribution to eire, Hatton demonstrates, is unquestionable. the expansion of the Quaker reduction provider, from mutual assist in the 17th century to an establishment of overseas status, has been followed by means of the slow embodiment in their ideas towards the Society. Their paintings within the nice Irish Famine marked a turning element at which the tactics that they had developed inchoately over centuries have been formulated right into a method that's accredited this present day because the foundation for aid and 3rd international development.

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