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Ireland: The Politics of Enmity 1789-2006

Paul Bew


This book is an innovative interpretation of the history of Anglo–Irish relations from 1789 right to the present day. The French Revolution had an electrifying impact on Irish society, with the 1790s seeing the birth of modern Irish republicanism and Orangeism. This decade also saw the political integration between Ireland and the British elite, such as with Pitt and Castlereagh. The Irish, who were strongly influenced by Edmund Burke's freedom philosophies, argued that Britain's strategic interests were best served by a policy of Catholic emancipation. Britain's failure to achieve this object ... More

Keywords: Anglo–Irish relations, French Revolution, Irish republicanism, Orangeism, William Pitt, Irish famine, Irish nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199561261
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561261.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Bew, author
Professor of Irish Politics, Queen's University, Belfast