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History, Heritage, and Scholarship, 1930–72

Robert Tobin

in The Minority Voice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641567
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641567.003.0007

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

History, Heritage, and Scholarship, 1930–72

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This chapter unpacks Butler's commitment to cultural continuity amidst political change, emphasizing his insistence on the value of the Anglo‐Irish legacy to independent Ireland's development. It explores his defence of the eighteenth‐century Ascendancy and his celebration of its more liberal and intellectual members. It identifies his promotion of local cultural life and amateur scholarly pursuit as ideals gleaned from this former age. It examines his own experience as an independent scholar and writer and his sustained critique of professionalized learning. It reviews his research into Irish tribal ancestor figures, culminating in the 1972 publication of his book Ten Thousand Saints. It relates his archaeological research to his advocacy of the conservation of Ireland's built heritage. It reviews the principles undergirding his genealogical interest and his efforts in launching the Butler Society in 1960s.

Keywords: Intelligentsia; Amateurism; Professionalization; Anglo‐Irish Ascendancy; Kilkenny Archaeological Society; Ten Thousand Saints; Conservation; Kilkenny Castle; Genealogy; Butler Society

Chapter.  16950 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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