The latter decades of the eighteenth century were for Ireland an era of momentous political development. This book surveys the social, economic, and intellectual background; indicates the links between Ireland and Great Britain and the rest of the Empire; examines the machinery of central and local government; and describes the course of politics at a time when political activity greatly accelerated, and was strongly influenced by external forces. R. B. McDowell
analyses the political agitation and agrarian discontent of the 1790s, and the threats which they posed both to national defence and to the maintenance of law and order. He concludes with an examination
of the insurrection of 1798, and the British government's attempt to solve the Irish question by the union of Ireland with Great Britain.
`well-articulated and magisterial narrative.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
`a major contribution to our knowledge of Irish history ... The sheer richness and diversity of Professor McDowell's information is astonishing.'
English Historical Review
`remarkable book ... a work of profound scholarship ... An awesome range of sources, printed and manuscript, has been laid under toll.'
Scottish Historical Review
`McDowell ... is a master of his craft.'
Journal of Modern History
'any serious student of Irish history will want this book, which is carefully neutral and meticulous as to fact'
Brian Fallon, Irish Times
List of abbreviations; Acknowledgements; I. The Background: The economic and social structure; Administration and politics; Intellectual and religious life; II. Constitutional Conflict: A restive Parliament; The American War and the volunteers; An Anglo-Irish Settlement; Parliamentary reform and protection; Pitt and Ireland; III. The Revolutionary Era: The French Revolution and Ireland; The radical revival; The Catholic agitation; Radicalism and reaction;
Fitzwilliam's Viceroyalty; Agrarian trouble and militant radicalism; Ireland and the Great French War; The maintenance of law and order; Insurrection; Aftermath; The Union; Bibliography; Index
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 748
Published: 18th April 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.9
Weight (kg): 0.82