British democracy and Irish nationalism, 1876-1906 by Eugenio F. Biagini

By Eugenio F. Biagini

A massive new research of the influence of domestic Rule on liberalism and well known radicalism in Britain and eire. Eugenio Biagini argues that among 1876 and 1906 the challenge of public sense of right and wrong because of the house Rule debate acted because the major catalyst within the remaking of renowned radicalism. This was once not just due to Ireland's intrinsic significance but additionally as the 'Irish reason' got here to be pointed out with democracy, constitutional freedoms and humanitarianism. The similar politics of emotionalism didn't relief find an answer to both the house Rule or the Ulster challenge however it did create a favored tradition of human rights in accordance with the conviction that, eventually, politics may be guided via non-negotiable ethical imperatives. Adopting a comparative standpoint, this booklet explores the typical flooring among Irish and British democracy and makes an important contribution to the background of human rights, imperialism and Victorian political tradition.

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Michels, Political parties: A sociological study of the oligarchical tendencies of modern democracy (1915). C. Cruise O’Brien, Parnell and his party, 1880–90 (1957). Liberal Unionists made the most of it, denouncing the ‘Irish members . . who . . are subsidised by American dollars contributed by the enemies of England’ (‘The future of Liberalism’, LW, 5 June 1887, 1). Dr Kevin O’Doherty, cited in ‘Meeting at Kells’, FJ, 16 Nov. 1885, 7. 22 British Democracy and Irish Nationalism other parties in the United Kingdom were also ‘different’, each in its own way, especially in terms of the structure and role of their respective extraparliamentary organizations, such as the Primrose League and the National Liberal Federation.

J. White, ‘Nationalism vs. liberalism in the Irish context: from a post-colonial past to a post-modern future’, E´ire–Ireland, 37, 3–4 (2002), 25–38 and J. M. Regan, The Irish counter-revolution 1921–1936: treatyite politics and the settlement of independent Ireland (2001), 68–70. Garvin, 1922, 16, 32–3; for a rather theoretical discussion of these concepts see White, ‘Nationalism vs. liberalism’. ’ Cited in Lyons, Dillon, 455. From the mid-1890s leading Nationalists had complained about ‘the dead weight against which we have to struggle in the large body of clerics who support Healy’ – the dissident Nationalist leader who had adopted sectarian politics after Gladstone’s retirement (TS, Confidential, E.

The latter is the approach adopted here. 95 In any case, the present book is concerned not with Parnell’s ideas, but with those of his followers in the context of their times. Here we encounter a different historiographical problem: most scholars of Parnellism have emphasized the ‘rejectionist’ aspects of Irish nationalism and land agitation – that is, they have only been interested in what the Parnellites were against. But, in so doing, they have neglected what they actually stood for and how this compared with the aims and ideology of contemporary radical movements and groups in other parts of the British Isles.

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