The Irish Act of Union : a study in high politics, 1798-1801 /
Patrick M. Geoghegan.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
xii, 290 p.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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Based on the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University College Dublin, 1997.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-278) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-06:
In this important study, Geoghegan (Royal Irish Academy) examines the three-year period from May 1798, the beginning of the Irish rebellion, to the collapse of William Pitt's ministry in 1801. Within this tumultuous period Geoghegan focuses on the "high politics" of the Irish Act of Union. Most important, he breaks with previous historians such as Geoffry C. Bolton (The Passing of the Irish Act of Union, CH, Sep'67) and John Ehrman (The Younger Pitt, v.1, CH, Apr'70; v.2, CH, Dec'83, v.3, 1996), and for the first time links the Act of Union and the resignation of Pitt. Geoghegan argues these key events that have shaped modern Irish nationalism are understandable only when they are treated as two parts of one story, which has not been the case in past studies. In this light, the resignation over the Catholic question is seen as a matter of political principle rather than political cynicism. Geoghegan is the first historian to make use of recently discovered secret service papers in the Public Record Office. This well-written and carefully researched book is essential for libraries and readers interested in modern British history. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. W. Wood Jr.; Western Carolina University
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The search for security: the Anglo-Irish relationship, December 1783--July 1798p. 1
Preparing for a union: men and measures, August 1798--December 1798p. 25
Ruthless inefficiency: failure in parliament, January 1799p. 54
Corruption and the catholic question: the union strategy, February 1799--December 1799p. 77
The union passes, January 1800--August 1800p. 97
Court and cabinet: the catholic question in abeyance, summer 1800--January 1801p. 130
The fall of Pitt, 28 January 1801--March 1801p. 156
Ireland, the catholic question and concealmentp. 192
The search for character: interpreting Pitt's resignationp. 208
Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 279
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