Nationalism and the Irish Party: Provincial Ireland 1910-1916

Hardcover | February 15, 2005

byMichael Wheatley

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John Redmond's constitutional, parliamentary, Irish Party went from dominating Irish politics to oblivion in just four years from 1914-1918. The goal of limited Home Rule, peacefully achieved, appeared to die with it.Given the speed of the party's collapse, its death has been seen as inevitable. Though such views have been challenged, there has been no detailed study of the Irish Party in the last years of union with Britain, before the world war and the Easter Rising transformed Irish politics.Through a study of five counties in provincial Ireland - Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Sligo, and Westmeath - that history has now been written. Far from being 'rotten', the Irish Party was representative of nationalist opinion and still capable of self-renewal and change. However, the Irishnationalism at this time was also suffused with a fierce anglophobia and sense of grievance, defined by its enemies, which rapidly came to the fore, first in the Home Rule crisis and then in the war. Redmond's project, the peaceful attainment of Home Rule, simply could not be realised.

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John Redmond's constitutional, parliamentary, Irish Party went from dominating Irish politics to oblivion in just four years from 1914-1918. The goal of limited Home Rule, peacefully achieved, appeared to die with it.Given the speed of the party's collapse, its death has been seen as inevitable. Though such views have been challenged, ...

Michael Wheatley is at Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University, Belfast.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:310 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:February 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Waning of Popular Politics3. 'Still Flourishing More or Less' - Organizations, Societies, and Clubs4. Nationalist Political Language - New Hopes or Old Hatred?5. 'The Inner Wheels which are Working in the County' - Localism in Roscommon6. Laurence Ginnell's Revolt7. The Aldermen, the AOH, and Labour in Sligo Town8. 1910-13: Before the Home Rule Crisis9. Crisis and Volunteering10. War, Takeover, and Dissent11. 'Ireland in is a Profound State of Peace' - Before the Rising12. ConclusionsAppendicesBibliographyIndex