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Loyalism and Class Diplomacy, 1879–1884

Alvin Jackson

in Colonel Edward Saunderson

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198204985
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676437 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204985.003.0005
Loyalism and Class Diplomacy, 1879–1884

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Saunderson deliberately cut himself off from politics between 1874 and 1882. The unpleasant fact of crop failure in 1879 had revolutionary implications, and Saunderson’s isolation proved impossible to sustain. By the end of 1884, Saunderson had begun to establish his usefulness with the different elements of Irish Conservatism yet he also retained a measure of freedom from any potentially damaging party constraints. He had influence over extremists, had shown that he could be subtle, and that he was capable of persuasive and emollient language. These qualities would shortly propel Saunderson to the forefront of loyalist politics.

Keywords: politics; Irish Conservatism; loyalist politics

Chapter.  6080 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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