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IrelandThe Politics of Enmity 1789-2006$
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Paul Bew

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561261.001.0001

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Parnellism: ‘Fierce ebullience linked to constitutional machinery’

Parnellism: ‘Fierce ebullience linked to constitutional machinery’

(p.302) 7 Parnellism: ‘Fierce ebullience linked to constitutional machinery’

Paul Bew

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses parnellism, a policy followed by Parnellites based on the principles of Irish nationalist Charles Stewart Parnell. Charles Stewart Parnell dominated the Home Rule controversy of the 1880s. Parnell's active flirtation with Fenianism was linked to a series of private meetings with Irish republican leaders. The first section examines the ‘New Departure’ package offered to Parnell — support of American militants in exchange for the abandonment of Butt's federal demand. The second section describes the experiences of the different members of the Land League. The third section discusses the Kilmainham Treaty. The fourth and fifth sections explore the campaign and debate towards home rule. The sixth section reports Parnell's task of keeping together a movement and a country dominated by a sense of anticlimax and disappointment.

Keywords:   Charles Stewart Parnell, parnellism, Butt, New Departure, home rule, Fenian, Land League

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