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Political thought in Ireland, 1776-1798 : republicanism, patriotism, and radicalism /
Stephen Small.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
description
307 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0199257795
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
isbn
0199257795
general note
Based on author's thesis (Ph. D.--Oxford University).
catalogue key
4783512
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-294) and index.
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... as a sustained effort to engage with discourse 'in its own right' it marks a significant advance in the study of late eighteenth-century Ireland.
... a work that greatly enhances and expands understanding of eighteenth-century Irish patriotism and, to a lesser degree, of the origins of Irish republicanism. It is an impressive first book.
Dr Small's book is an indispensable addition to this discussion ... essential reading for anyone interesed in late eighteenth-century Ireland.
Insights are peppered throughout the book, along with excellent descriptions of individual pamphlets or pamphleteers. There is also much to admire in Dr Small's knowledge of the printed sources.
The range of sources consulted, deployed and extensively quoted tells us much that we did not previously know.
"This is an exciting book to read....Small writes with admirable clarity, and he has an eye for the telling, and instructive, quotation."--"Albion
What makes Stephen Small's book particularly welcome is his concentration on political arguments and his attempt to trace the ideas of the 1790s back to the age of the American Revolution.
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This is an analysis of late-18th-century Irish patriot thought and its development into 1790s radical republicanism. The book is a history of the rich political ideas and languages that emerged from the tumultuous events and colourful individuals of this pivotal period in Irish history.
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This is the first comprehensive analysis of late eighteenth-century Irish patriot thought and its development into 1790s radical republicanism. It is a history of the rich political ideas and languages that emerged from the tumultuous events and colorful individuals that emerged from this pivotial period in Irish history. Stephan Small's exploration sheds new light on the origins of Irish republican nationalism.
Main Description
This is the first comprehensive analysis of late eighteenth-century Irish patriot thought and its development into 1790s radical republicanism. The book is a history of the rich political ideas and languages that emerged from the tumultuous events and colourful individuals of this pivotalperiod in Irish history. Patriots, radicals, and republicans played key roles in the movements for free trade, legislative independence, parliamentary reform, Catholic relief and independence from Britain; and many of their ideas helped precipitate the rebellion in 1798. Stephen Small explains theideological background to these issues, sheds new light on the origins of Irish republicanism, and places late eighteenth-century Irish political thought in the wider context of British, Atlantic, and European ideas.Dr Small argues that Irish patriotism, radicalism, and republicanism were constructed out of five key political 'languages': Protestant superiority, ancient constitutionalism, commercial grievance, classical republicanism, and natural rights. These political languages, which were Irish dialects oflanguages shared with the English-speaking and European world, combined in the late 1770s to construct the classic expression of Irish patriotism. This patriotism was full of contradictions, containing the seeds of radical reform, Catholic emancipation, and republican separatism - as well as adefence of Protestant Ascendancy.Over the next two decades, the American and French Revolutions, the reform movement, popular politicization, Ascendancy reaction, and Catholic political revival disrupted and transformed these languages, causing the fragmentation of a broad patriot consensus and the emergence from it of radicalismand republicanism. These developments are explained in terms of tensions and interactions between Protestant assumptions of Catholic inferiority, the increasing popularity of natural rights, and the enduring centrality of classical republican concepts of virtue to all types of patriot thought.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Origins of Irish Republicanism, Patriotism, and Radicalism
Patriotism in the Age of the American Revolution 1776-1780
Patriotism, Classical Republicanism, and the Volunteers 1780-1782
Patriotism and Radical Reform 1782-1785
Protestant Ascendancy and the Revival of Radicalism 1786-1791
The Polarization and Fragmentation of Patriotism 1791-1793
From Radical Reform to Republican Separatism 1793-1798
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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