Nationalism and Popular Protest in Ireland

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  • Copyright: 2002-08-08
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The essays in this collection focus on the nature of popular protest and agrarian unrest and the development of nationalism in modern Ireland. Some are concerned with particular manifestations of protest - Houghers, Rightboys, Defenders, Ribbonmen, the Land War, Sinn Féin. Others treat more general themes - cultural identity as expressed in Gaelic Irish literature, the dynamics of the potato economy, electoral politics and landlord power, the impact of modernization on Ulster's development. Religion is discussed, and the relationship between agrarian violence and politicization, between protest and nationalism. Taken as a whole, the volume illustrates the range and depth, and the excellence, of recent writing on modern Irish history. It will be welcomed both for the importance and relevance of its theme and for the substantial contribution it makes to Irish studies generally.

Table of Contents

Introduction R. F. Foster
1. The emergence of a nation V. G. Kiernan
2. The formation of the Irish mind: religion, politics and Gaelic Irish literature, 1580-1750 Nicholas Canny
3. Presbyterianism and 'modernization' in Ulster David W. Miller
4. The potato in Ireland K. H. Connell
5. Irish history without the potato L. M. Cullen
6. The Houghers: agrarian protest in early eighteenth-century Connacht S. J. Connolly
7. Priests, parsons and politics: the Rightboy protest in County Cork, 1785-1788 Maurice J. Bric
8. An end to moral economy: the Irish militia disturbances of 1793 Thomas Bartlett
9. Defenders, Ribbonmen and others: underground political networks in pre-famine Ireland Tom Garvin
10. The Ribbon societies: lower-class nationalism in pre-famine Ireland M. R. Beames
11. Rural conflict in pre-famine Ireland: peasant assassinations in Tipperary, 1837-1847 M. R. Beames
12. Landlords, society and electoral politics in mid-nineteenth-century Ireland K. Theodore Hoppen
13. Merchants, 'strong farmers' and Fenians: the post-famine political é
lite and the Irish Land War Donald Jordan
14. Stopping the hunt, 1881-1882: an aspect of the Irish Land War L. P. Curtis Jr
15. The geography of Irish nationalism, 1910-1921 David Fitzpatrick

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