Ireland: The Politics of Enmity 1789-2006

Paperback | April 1, 2009

byPaul Bew

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The French revolution had an electrifying impact on Irish society. The 1790s saw the birth of modern Irish republicanism and Orangeism, whose antagonism remains a defining feature of Irish political life. The 1790s also saw the birth of a new approach to Ireland within important elements ofthe British political elite, men like Pitt and Castlereagh. Strongly influenced by Edmund Burke, they argued that Britain's strategic interests were best served by a policy of catholic emancipation and political integration in Ireland. Britain's failure to achieve this objective, dramatised by thehorrifying tragedy of the Irish famine of 1846-50, in which a million Irish died, set the context for the emergence of a popular mass nationalism, expressed in the Fenian, Parnell, and Sinn Fein movements, which eventually expelled Britain from the greater part of the island.This book reassesses all the key leaders of Irish nationalism - Tone, O'Connell, Butt, Parnell, Collins, and de Valera - alongside key British political leaders such as Peel and Gladstone in the nineteenth century, or Winston Churchill and Tony Blair in the twentieth century. A study of the changingideological passions of the modern Irish question, this analysis is, however, firmly placed in the context of changing social and economic realities.Using a vast range of original sources, Paul Bew holds together the worlds of political class in London, Dublin, and Belfast in one coherent analysis which takes the reader all the way from the society of the United Irishman to the crisis of the Good Friday Agreement.

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The French revolution had an electrifying impact on Irish society. The 1790s saw the birth of modern Irish republicanism and Orangeism, whose antagonism remains a defining feature of Irish political life. The 1790s also saw the birth of a new approach to Ireland within important elements ofthe British political elite, men like Pitt and...

Paul Bew is a Professor of Irish Politics at Queen's University, Belfast.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:632 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199561261

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Impact of the French Revolution: 'The Battle of Burke' - Tone or Castlereagh?The Union between Britain and Ireland: One People?Daniel O'Connell and the Road to Emancipation 1810-29The Repealer Repulsed: O'Connell 1830-45The Politics of Hunger 1845-50The Fenian ImpulseParnellism: 'Fierce Ebullience linked to Constitutional Machinery''Squelching': By Way of a Hors D'euvres Conflict In Ireland 1891-1918The Politics of the Gun or a 'Saving Formula 1919-1923'Melancholy Sanctitiy' in the South: 'Perfect Democracy in the North', Ireland 1923-66'Unbearably Oldfashioned and Pointless': The Era of the Troubles 1968-2005Conclusion

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"Paul Bew's book reconstructs the way that the language of hatred has been employed in Irish history; it also gestures towards much in politics that has been said or forgotten." --London Review of Books