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Ireland 1798-1998 : politics and war
Jackson, Alvin.
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Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
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xii, 507 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm

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Alvin Jackson's Ireland 1798-1998 reappraises apparently rigid political divides and apparently decisive turning-points.

Author Notes

Alvin Jackson is Reader in Modern History at the Queen's University of Belfast. He has been Lecturer in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin and John Burns Visiting Professor at Boston College. His earlier publications include The Ulster Party (1989), Sir Edward Carson (1993) and Colonel Edward Saunderson: Land and Loyalty in Victorian Ireland (1995).

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Jackson (Queen's Univ., Belfast) presents a survey of modern Irish political history that is up-to-date and evenhanded in its perspective. His incorporation of recent interpretations from the secondary literature is especially useful, as are his frequent comparisons and contrasts of developments and leaders in different historical periods. He is especially insightful about Unionist perspectives, usually given short shrift in nationalist histories. His assumption that the reader has substantial familiarity with the subject will limit readership in American universities primarily to graduate students and faculty. Useful are a 29-page chronology, 11 pages of maps, and a 15-page selected bibliography. An important contribution that belongs in all college libraries. J. W. Auld; California State University, Dominguez Hills

Table of Contents

List of Platesp. vii
List of Mapsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
1 Introductionp. 1
1.1 Ends of the Centuryp. 1
1.2 Modes and Frameworks of Interpretationp. 2
2 The Birth of Modern Irish Politics, 1790-1798p. 6
2.1 The Origins of the Crisisp. 6
2.2 Constitutional Radicalism to Revolution, 1791-8p. 10
3 Disuniting Kingdoms, Emancipating Catholics, 1799-1850p. 23
3.1 The Union, 1799-1801p. 23
3.2 The Catholic Question, 1799-1829p. 27
3.3 Justice for Ireland, 1830-41p. 37
3.4 Utilitarians and Romantics, 1841-8p. 46
3.5 The Orange Party, 1798-1853p. 58
4 The Ascendancy of the Land Question, 1845-1891p. 69
4.1 Guilty Men and the Great Faminep. 69
4.2 Pivot or Accelerator?p. 81
4.3 Brigadiers and Feniansp. 86
4.4 Home Rule: A First Definitionp. 109
4.5 Idealists and Technicians: The Parnellite Party, 1880-6p. 117
4.6 A Union of Hearts and a Broken Marriage: Parnellism, 1886-91p. 133
5 Greening the Red, White and Blue: The End of the Union, 1891-1921p. 142
5.1 The Irish Parliamentary Party, 1891-1914p. 142
5.2 Paths to the Post Office: Alternatives to the Irish Parliamentary Party, 1891-1914p. 169
5.3 The Parliamentarians and their Enemies, 1914-18p. 195
5.4 Making and Unmaking Unionism, 1853 1921p. 215
5.5 Other Men's Wounds: The Troubles, 1919-21p. 244
5.6 Trucileers, Staters and Irregularsp. 257
6 'Three Quarters of a Nation Once Again': Independent Irelandp. 275
6.1 Saorstat Eireann, 1922-32p. 275
6.2 Manifest Destiny: De Valera's Ireland, 1932-48p. 288
6.3 Towards a Redefinition of the National Ideal, 1948-58p. 308
6.4 The Age of Lemass, 1957-73p. 317
7 Northern Ireland, 1920-1972: Specials, Peelers and Provoosp. 335
8 The Two Irelands, 1973-1998p. 378
8.1 The Republic, 1973-98p. 378
8.2 Northern Ireland, 1973-98p. 396
8.3 The End of Irish History?p. 415
Notesp. 418
Chronologyp. 440
Mapsp. 467
Select Bibliographyp. 479
Indexp. 494