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Anglo-Irish politics in the age of Grattan and Pitt /
Gerard O'Brien.
imprint
Dublin : Irish Academic Press, c1987.
description
231 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0716523779
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imprint
Dublin : Irish Academic Press, c1987.
isbn
0716523779
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3477202
 
Bibliography: p. [215]-223.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-06:
Although overshadowed by American independence, the Irish constitutional settlement of 1782 yielded a complex power-sharing relationship between the British ministers and the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy politicians in ``Grattan's Parliament.'' O'Brien (New University of Ulster) provides a detailed study of this relationship in terms of the events of 1782, the Commercial Propositions of 1784-85, the Regency Crisis of 1788-89, and attempts to form a united Whig opposition party in the two kingdoms. Indeed, such dramatic events as the risings of 1798 and the Act of Union in 1800 are mentioned only in passing. In comparison with the now-traditional interpretation of R.B. McDowell, O'Brien discounts the role of public opinion, characterizes Irish ``patriots'' as more disunited and less powerful, and describes British politicians as at once devious and uncomprehending in their Irish dealings. The book has the look and form of a PhD dissertation-five appendixes and 922 footnotes for 173 pages of text. It lacks, however, the clear narrative structure and writing of McDowell's work in Ireland in the Age of Imperialism and Revolution, 1760-1801 (CH, Jul '80) or his contributions to Eighteenth-century Ireland, 1691-1800 (v.4 of A New History of Ireland, ed. by T.W. Moody and W.E. Vaughan, CH, Nov '86). Graduate readership.-J.R. Breihan, Loyola College
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One of the first coherent attempts to extensively analyse the history of the Anglo-Irish constitutional relationship between 1782 to 1800.

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