The present-day Irish Republic was created by a revolutionary élite which developed between 1858 and 1900. This book analyses the social origins of the revolutionaries who became rulers of Ireland after 1921, and examines their political ideologies and prejudices. The author argues that they were heavily influenced not only by ancient agrarian grievances and memories of the Famine, but also by contemporary Catholic abhorrence of the Protestant and secular world represented by England and America. Personal resentments also played their part; many felt their faith, their nation, and their class were slighted in the British Ireland of the period, and regarded themselves as morally superior not only to their British and Anglo-Irish rulers, but also to to the vast mass of their Catholic fellow-countrymen and co-religionists. Drawing on the evidence of private letters and diaries, and the writings of popular journalism, Nationalist Revolutionaries makes an original contribution to Irish historiography by reconstructing the private thoughts behind the political public faces.
'meticulously researched, presented with the authority of hundreds of footnotes and references' Irish Independent 'an extremely important book, produced to the usual Oxford University Press standards, and prescribed reading for all students of Ireland's recent past. It is packed full of new ideas and witty asides which you wish you had thought of yourself.' Linen Hall Review `Garvin's sophisticated, polished analysis is provocative. It could add much to advanced courses in Irish studies.' American Historical Review 'This short book is good value for the student of Irish history and politics.' E.D. Steele, University of Leeds. The Historical Association 'In this book, as in others, he shows the hallmark of the Garvin school - well-researched historical accounts firmly based on comparative political science literature.' Neil Collins, University of Ulster. Irish Political Studies 'excellent book' A.C. Hepburn, Sunderland Polytechnic, Irish Economic and Social History, Vol. XVII 1990 'a key commentary on Ireland's revolution ... His familiarity with conventional primary sources will comfort traditional political historians, but his breadth of reading in the historiography of European revolution, and in political theory, provides much more generous perspectives than are generally proffered in Irish political history ... a thoroughly rigorous group-biography, anecdotal evidence and sketchy inference in earlier studies being pinned down with both precision and skill.' Alvin Jackson, University College, Dublin, Irish Historical Studies 'Nationalist Revolutionaries will rank alongside David Fitzpatrick's Politics and rural life as a key commentary on Ireland's revolution. His familiarity with conventional primary sources will comfort traditional politial historians, but his breadth of reading in the historiography of European revolution, and in political theory, provides much more generous perspectives than are generally proffered in Irish political history ... a thoroughly rigorous group-biography, anecdotal evidence and sketchy inference in earlier studies being pinned down with both precision and skill.' Irish Historical Studies
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 10th December 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 15.44 x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.36