Anglo-Irish Relations, 1798-1922 (Questions and Analysis in by Nick Pelling

By Nick Pelling

Offering essays, resources with questions and labored solutions, including historical past to every subject inside of Irish historical past, Nick Pelling offers an excellent foundational textual content for the examine of Anglo-Irish kin. for hundreds of years the connection among eire and England has been tough. Anglo-Irish family members, 1798–1922 explores the tempestuous occasions from Wolfe Tone's failed emerging to Michael Collins's arguably extra winning attempt, culminating within the debatable Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921. vintage struggles among key figures, akin to O'Connell and Peel, Parnell and Gladstone, and Lloyd George and Michael Collins, are mentioned and analyzed. The deeper concerns in regards to the nature of British Imperial rule and the variety of Irish nationalism also are tested, highlighting the historiographical debate surrounding the so-called 'revisionist' view.

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From the day when first I entered the arena of politics until the present hour, I have never neglected an opportunity of impressing upon the minds of my fellow countrymen Anglo-Irish relations, 1798–1922 26 the fact, that I was an apostle of that political sect who held that liberty was only to be attained under such agencies as were strictly consistent with the law and the constitution—that freedom was to be attained, not by the effusion of human blood, but by the constitutional combination of good and wise men; by perseverance in the courses of tranquillity and good order, and by an abhorrence of violence and bloodshed.

In the Emancipation campaign O’Connell was distinctly aided by the fact that the idea of Emancipation had been in circulation for some time before 1828 and was widely accepted as sensible among elements of both parties. It might well be argued that it had been on the agenda since the 1790s when concessionary politics was the name of the game. Indeed Pitt’s original intention to bolt Emancipation into the Act of Union positively ensured that it would be a big issue when the Act turned out otherwise.

It might be thought odd that a man who had killed another in a duel, as O’Connell certainly had, would be steadfastly non-violent. The answer to this apparent conundrum is that O’Connell was a gentleman and as such felt obliged to obey Dublin society’s codes of behaviour, such as duelling. In a political context his aversion to violence can be traced back to the fact that he had been in school in France during the French Revolution-an experience which cured him of any naive romanticism about the nature of revolutions: hard experience which most of the men of Young Ireland conspicuously lacked.

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