Anglo-Irish Politics in the Age of Grattan and Pitt

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Gerard O’Brien

One of the first coherent attempts to extensively analyse the history of the Anglo-Irish constitutional relationship between 1782 to 1800.

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“Dr O’Brien carries this reinterpretation to its logical conclusion. The idea that the Union was, for Pitt, ‘a solution to the constitutional difficulties created by the independent status of the Irish Parliament’ is ‘untenable’: the real object of the Union was to facilitate Catholic emancipation, and this was in its inception an English strategic necessity rather than an Irish social reform.
Such arguments almost erase the old picture of a distinct and often victorious political tradition among late eighteenth-century Irish Protestants: no longer can the Patriots be reverently placed in a hall of fame as founding fathers. This study is not without the shortcomings of a first book, but its virtues outweigh them. Gerard O’Brien’s iconoclasm has produced a considerable achievement of reinterpretation; historians of both Ireland and England will need to think seriously about the implications of this book.”

–¬†Jonathan Clarke, author of¬†Revolution and Rebellion (Cambridge University Press, 1986).

Additional Information

Author

Gerard O’Brien

Imprint

Irish Academic Press

Format

Hardback

EXTENT

231 pp

Publication Date

1st December 1987

Genre

European History, Irish History, Politics