The Intellectual Genealogy of a Southern Protestant, <i>c.</i>1900–30

Robert Tobin

in The Minority Voice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641567
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738418 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Intellectual Genealogy of a Southern Protestant, c.1900–30

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In approaching the question of Hubert Butler's ‘intellectual genealogy’, this chapter evaluates and identifies his ‘selective kinship’ with certain Protestant activists from the Revival generation preceding his own. It introduces his family background and circumstances and summarizes the events of his early life. It unpacks his rejection of his family's Anglo‐Irish Unionist values and his espousal of Irish nationalism. It summarizes the salient features of the careers of his three primary influences: Standish O'Grady, Sir Horace Plunkett, and George W. Russell. In the process, it attempts to integrate the personal events of Butler's young adulthood with the public events overtaking Ireland as a whole. It notes the impact of the Irish War of Independence and Civil War on the Southern Protestant minority and analyses the contribution of the Irish Statesman and the Carnegie Library Network to the political and cultural life of the Irish Free State.

Keywords: selective kinship; Irish Literary Revival; Standish O'Grady; Sir Horace Plunkett; George W. Russell (AE); Irish Co‐operative Movement; Irish War of Independence; Irish Civil War; The Irish Statesman; Carnegie Library Network

Chapter.  16870 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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