Originally published in 1919 and out of print for decades, this book provides a fascinating insight into the political thought of early twentieth-century Ireland. Father Walter McDonald attacked the Irish Catholic Church's shift in political allegiance from the British state to supporting the Sinn Fein agenda for revolutionary independence, and he feared that its hostility to freedom of thought, free speech, and intellectual inquiry would endanger its future. He pointed out that British rule had been regarded as legitimate by most people and that Ireland had never been a united, independent nation. His views were often expressed in private, but rarely in public, so his book is a valuable resource to understanding the history of Ireland at this time.
"Garvin show's the book's significance as demanding the Church should justify its behaviour in relation to its professed beliefs and extensive record of pragmatic co-operation with Dublin Castle, rather than facile populist assertions that 'the Irish people never accepted British rule'." Patrick Maume, Queen's University, Belfast Irish Political Studies 14 1999 "written with the urgency of troubled times and still retain[s its] freshness and argumentative force: excellent material for seminar discussions... well introduced by Garvin. His biographical essays are thoughtful, useful, and adopt an engaging combative stance on behalf of the writers." "the first entries in a welcome new series. They are hardily and handsomely constructed: a credit to their equally welcome new publisher." Peter Hart, Queen's University Belfast Irish Studies Review 7 (3) 1999 "these essays ... in their 'political incorrectness'...have much with which to challenge us. Each essay is bracing for its laconic style and fearless exploration of 'untrodden paths'." The Furrow July/Aug 1999 "University College Dublin Press has now published over thirty 'Classics of Irish History'. These contemporary accounts by well known personalities of historical events and attitudes have an immediacy that conventional histories do not have. Introductions by modern historians provide additional historical background and, with hindsight, objectivity." Books Ireland Nov 2007 "Scholars of nineteenth-century Irish and Irish-American politics should reacquaint themselves with these classics, part of a long running and immensely useful series from University College Dublin Press." Irish Literary Supplement Fall 2008
Of certain recent statements made by representative Irish catholics; of whether Ireland was ever a united and fully independent nation; of whether Ireland ever acquiesced in loss of independence; of the possibility of loss of nationhood without acquiescence; of three degrees of conquest; of the effect of a transfer of jurisdiction secured by corruption; of how a people hitherto independent may be bound to union with others; of some conditions of self-determination; of the principle of home rule; of majority rule and the Ulster question; of the basis of taxation and of the financial relations between Great Britain and Ireland; on preparation for war - conscription; of certain causes that justify war; of the pressure that may be applied to secure local self-government; of the conduct of war - (1) bombardment of towns and reprisals, (2) blockade, (3) of the submarine; of some consequences of war.
Series: Classics of Irish History Series
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: University College Dublin Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.42 x 12.07
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised