Popular Opposition to Irish Home Rule in Edwardian Britain (Hardcover)

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This book is a salutary reminder that the realities of British politics before 1914 were more complex and rather different from the 'whiggish' stereotypes about New Liberalism, and the rise of Labour and class politics which have dominated our understanding of late Edwardian Britain. Jackson's groundbreaking research shows that from the start of the Third Home Rule Bill crisis, there was in Britain considerable popular interest in the Irish issue, and that the Curragh army mutiny of 1914 was not an isolated incident, but part of a wider popular movement. A well-orchestrated campaign of agitation led by Unionist leaders Sir Edward Carson and Andrew Bonar Law had so exploited patriotic and sectarian resentment at the prospect of Irish Home Rule that by 1914 the United Kingdom was on the verge of civil war. Jackson locates this movement at the end of a 'long nineteenth century', where communal and confessional identities were still as powerful as class, and where native hostility to Catholicism and Iri


Publisher Liverpool Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9781846311987
SKU 210873176
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1846311985
Release Date 8/13/2012
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