Governing Hibernia: British Politicians and Ireland 1800-1921

Hardcover | September 17, 2016

byK. Theodore Hoppen

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The Anglo-Irish Union of 1800 which established the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland made British ministers in London more directly responsible for Irish affairs than had previously been the case. The Act did not, however, provide for full integration, and left in existence aseparate administration in Dublin under a Viceroy and a Chief Secretary. This created tensions that were never resolved. The relationship that ensued has generally been interpreted in terms of "colonialism" or "post-colonialism", concepts not without their problems in relation to a country sogeographically close to Britain and, indeed, so closely connected constitutionally.Governing Hibernia seeks to examine the Union relationship from a new and different perspective. In particular it argues that London's policies towards Ireland in the period between the Union and the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 oscillated sharply. At times, the policies were based on a view of anIreland so distant, different, and violent that (regardless of promises made in 1800) its government demanded peculiarly Hibernian policies of a coercive kind (c. 1800-1830); at others, they were based on the premise that stability was best achieved by a broadly assimilationist approach - in effectattempting to make Ireland more like Britain (c. 1830-1868); and finally they made a return to policies of differentiation though in less coercive ways than had been the case in the decades immediately after the Union (c. 1868-1921). The outcome of this last policy of differentiation was adisposition, ultimately common to both of the main British political parties, to grant greater measures of devolution and ultimately independence, a development finally rendered viable by the implementation of Irish partition in 1921/2.

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The Anglo-Irish Union of 1800 which established the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland made British ministers in London more directly responsible for Irish affairs than had previously been the case. The Act did not, however, provide for full integration, and left in existence aseparate administration in Dublin under a Viceroy ...

K. Theodore Hoppen was born in Germany and moved to Ireland in 1947. He was educated at Glenstal Abbey School, University College Dublin, and Trinity College Cambridge. He worked in the History Department at the University of Hull from 1966 to 2003, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001 and an Honorary Member of the Roya...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.98 inPublished:September 17, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPART I: A FARAWAY COUNTRY, c. 1800 - c. 18301. Bringing Ireland into the Fold: A Kind of Theory2. Keeping Ireland at Arm's Length: A Kind of RealityPART II: MENUS OF ASSIMILATION, c. 1830 - c. 18683. A Changing Climate4. Direct and Scenic Routes5. Poverty, Famine, Land6. Ambiguous OutcomesPART III: DANCING TO IRISH TUNES, c. 1868 - c. 19217. Back to the Future8. Doing it on the Cheap: Liberals9. Throwing Money About: Conservatives10. Partition or Squaring (some) CirclesList of Manuscript SourcesIndex