Loyalism in Ireland 1789-1829 /
Allan Blackstock.
Woodbridge [Eng.] : Boydell Press, 2007.
ix, 296 p. ; 24 cm.
1843833026, 9781843833024
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Woodbridge [Eng.] : Boydell Press, 2007.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-284) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Allan Blackstock is Reader in History at the University of Ulster.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-04-01:
Books about Irish nationalism and republicanism abound, but little has been written concerning Irish loyalism toward the British monarchy. Blackstock (Univ. of Ulster) remedies this deficiency in a well-researched work treating the origins, development, and ideology of this conservative movement in the years before and after the 1798 Rising. He effectively demonstrates that loyalism during the war with revolutionary France and the early 19th century was supported by at least as many articulate Irish as favored more radical causes. (The overwhelming majority had no clear political opinions.) Loyalism might well have triumphed in the 19th century and after if bitterly anti-Catholic members of the Protestant Ascendancy and their British allies had shown a modicum of pragmatism toward proposals to extend full civil and political rights to Irish Catholics. Unfortunately, this book has significant weaknesses. The research, while extensive, uses mainly Northern Ireland sources. More serious are the opaque writing style and absence of a clear narrative story line. This is an important book, but most undergraduates--and others--will find it heavy going. Summing Up: Recommended. Irish collections. D. M. Cregier University of Prince Edward Island
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Long Description
Irish loyalism is often neglected in the historical literature or misrepresented as an ideologically rigid and narrowly sectarian foil to emerging nationalism. Yet, in the French Revolutionary wars, loyalism was a recognisable counter-revolutionary ideology with recent parallels in Britain, Europe and America. This book examines the Irish variant in a comparative context and analyses its military, political, cultural and religious dimensions to reveal distinctive strands. A 'liberal' version was receptive to Catholics as loyalists and open to constitutional reform, while an exclusively Protestant version monopolised public expressions of loyalty to politically undermine the campaign for Catholic emancipation. Cultural manifestations of loyalism, including ballads, sermons and Orange parading rituals, are analysed to address questions of popular spontaneity or elite manipulation and changes in Protestant identity. The study reveals that exclusive loyalism needed a physical threat, so the 1828-9 Brunswick Clubs combined militant 1798-style rhetoric with innovative mass petitioning. They failed to prevent emancipation but left a template for Irish Conservatism. ALLAN BLACKSTOCK is a reader at the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, School of History and International Affairs at the University of Ulster.
Main Description
In 1799 William Pitt called Irish loyalists 'the Brethren of Britons'. In 1825 Sir Walter Scott, on a tour of Ireland, witnessed militant forms of Irish loyalism which he claimed would be unrecognisable in Britain. This book charts the evolution of Irish loyalism from a militarised counter-revolutionary phenomenon in the 1790s to a political movement which challenged O'Connell in the 1820s and influenced the subsequent development of Conservatism and Unionism.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Loyal is Defined
Antecedents: loyalty and disaffection in Ireland before 1789p. 23
The Brethren of Britons: the emergence of Irish counter-revolutionary loyalism, 1789-96p. 39
'The first up will carry the day': the mobilisation and militarisation of Irish loyalism, 1796-8p. 70
Closing the ranks: loyalism monopolised, 1798-1805p. 97
Loyalism in Limbo
'Ceremonial pageantry': the politics of parading and public display, 1805-15p. 133
The first dissolution and the second reformation: loyalism in decline, 1815-25p. 169
Loyalism, Protestantism and Popular Politics
Protestant politics, popular loyalism and public opinion, 1825-8p. 197
The Star of Brunswickp. 225
Epiloguep. 263
Select bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 285
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