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Perspectives On Irish Nationalism

Perspectives On Irish Nationalism

Copyright Date: 1989
Edition: 1
Pages: 172
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    Perspectives On Irish Nationalism
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    Perspectives on Irish Nationalism examines the cultural, political, religious, economic, linguistic, folklore, and historical dimensions of the phenomenon of Irish nationalism. Its essayists are among the most distinguished Irish studies scholars. Their essays include a comprehensive analysis of the tapestry of Irish nationalism and focused studies that often challenge myths, pieties, and the scholarly consensus. Thomas E. Hachey is Professor of Irish, Irish-American, and British history and Chair of the department at Marquette University. He wrote Britain and Irish Separatism: From the Fenians to the Free State 1807-1922 (1977), coauthored and edited The Problem of Partition: Peril to World Peace (1972); coedited Voices of Revolution: Rebels and Rhetoric (1972), and edited Anglo-Vatican Relations, 1919-1937: Confidential Annual Reports of the British Ministers to the Holy See and Confidential Dispatches: Analyses of American by the British Ambassador, 1939-45 (1974). Lawrence J. McCaffrey is Professor of Irish and Irish-American History at Loyola University of Chicago. He has published a number of articles and books, including Daniel O'Connell and the Repeal Year (1966), The Irish Question, 1800-1922 (1968), The Irish Diaspora in America (1976) and coauthored The Irish in Chicago (1987). "

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4901-1
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Thomas E. Hachey and Lawrence J. McCaffrey
    (pp. 1-19)
    Lawrence J. McCaffrey

    Excellent literature and stirring patriotic ballads have extended the appeal of Irish nationalism beyond those with heritages rooted in Ireland. In paying homage to the long struggle against colonialism, Irish nationalist literature and music have neglected to show the positive British impact on Irish political values.

    When the Norman English arrived in late twelfth-century Ireland, they encountered a Gaelic nation united in language and tradition with a clan social structure, a system of Brehon laws, and a Catholicism that was more monastic than diocesan and remote from Rome in both distance and loyalty. But politically Ireland was in chaos. The...

    (pp. 20-41)
    R.V. Comerford

    The historiography of nations as practiced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has typically been conducted on the assumption that the nation—each nation—is predestinate. However much historians in more recent times have endeavored to challenge and abandon that assumption, it remains stubbornly lodged in the mind of the typical general reader. So, the emergence of each nation and its rise to independent statehood is seen as the inevitable and obligatory fulfillment of the designs of nature or of the Creator, helped on of course by the endeavors of heroic personages. National boundaries are taken to be self-evidently right...

    (pp. 42-60)
    Mary Helen Thuente

    Irish folklore, an important cultural force in Irish life for many centuries, has also been a major influence on the development of Irish nationalism. Oral traditions, especially popular stereotypes and horror stories of sectarian atrocities, played an important role in the 1798 uprising, for example. Nationalists throughout the nineteenth century, most notably Daniel O’Connell, tapped the folk memory of great historical injustice. The revival of traditional Irish games by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in the 1880s was of major political significance. Douglas Hyde’s popularization of Irish folklore fostered both a literary revival and a political revolution. Indeed, it was...

    (pp. 61-78)
    Thomas Flanagan

    In 1868 a history of Ireland was published that might have presented a minor problem to an overly scrupulous librarian.¹ Its title page declares it to be, “a continuation of the History of the Abbe MacGeoghegan,” and so in a sense it is. It opens where MacGeoghegan’s book closes—with an account of the Treaty of Limerick—and carries forward the narrative to the years immediately after the Great Famine. In all else, however, it would be difficult to imagine books less complementary in style, method, attitude, purpose, or type of historical imagination.

    The Abbe MacGeoghegan published his three-volume history...

    (pp. 79-98)
    James S. Donnelly Jr.

    This essay is primarily concerned with the ways in which Irish nationalist leaders, both constitutionalist and revolutionary, viewed the land question, as they defined it, in relation to their political goals from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. It would have been difficult at almost any time between 1790 and 1921 for nationalist leaders to ignore the land question altogether, even if they had wanted to do so. In one form or another, and sometimes in several forms at once, the land question was nearly always there, demanding attention. Widespread, organized agrarian discontent was admittedly discontinuous, with a...

    (pp. 99-120)
    Emmet Larkin

    All political systems are indigenous and therefore unique. Some, however, are more unique than others, and the modern Irish political system would appear to be a very rare specimen, which, if taken in the context of the liberal democracies of Western Europe, has defied all classification.¹ Indeed, one imaginative Irish political scientist has gone so far as to suggest, unfortunately without attempting to pursue the idea further, that the modern Irish political system might be better compared to the recently emerged postcolonial states of the Third World, or even to the states of Eastern rather than Western Europe.² There is,...

    (pp. 121-138)
    Thomas E. Hachey

    Irish nationalism and the British connection during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries is a subject that has been especially well served by a number of excellent histories.¹ Similarly, AngloIrish relations during the earlier part of the twentieth century, up through the 1919-21 Irish War for Independence, is a field that already has yielded a score of important studies.² It is, therefore, the era from 1922 through 1949, from the founding of the Irish Free State through the establishment of the Irish republic, that has had to await the opening of the London government’s archives, as well as the release...

  11. NOTES
    (pp. 139-152)
    (pp. 153-154)
  13. INDEX
    (pp. 155-160)