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Governing Hibernia

K. Theodore Hoppen

Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780198207436
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191817922 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207436.001.0001
Governing Hibernia

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The Anglo-Irish Union of 1800 which established the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland made British ministers in London more directly responsible for Irish affairs than had previously been the case. The Act did not, however, provide for full integration and left in existence a separate administration in Dublin under a Viceroy and a Chief Secretary. This created tensions that were never resolved. The relationship that ensued has generally been interpreted in terms of ‘colonialism’ or ‘post-colonialism’, concepts not without their problems in relation to a country so geographically close to Britain and, indeed, so closely connected constitutionally. This book seeks to examine the Union relationship from a new and different perspective. In particular it argues that London’s policies towards Ireland in the period between the Union and the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 oscillated sharply between those based on a view of Ireland as so distant, different, and violent that (regardless of promises made in 1800) its goverment demanded peculiarly Hibernian policies of a coercive kind (c.1800–1830), those based on the premiss that stability was best achived by a broadly assimilationist approach—in effect attempting to make Ireland more like Britain (c.1830–1868), and finally by a return to policies of differentiation though often in less coercive ways than had been the case in the decades immediately after the Union (c.1868–1921) The outcome of this last policy of differentiation was a disposition (ultimately common to both main British political parties) to grant greater measures of devolution and ultimately of independence, a development finally rendered viable by the implementation of Irish partition in 1921–2. The book is divided into three parts: I ‘A Faraway Country c.1800–1830’ (Chapters 1 and 2); II ‘Menus of Assimilation c.1830–1868’ (Chapters 3 to 6); III ‘Dancing to Irish Tunes c.1868–1921’ (Chapters 7 to 10).

Keywords: Ireland; Britain; the Anglo-Irish Union; government; administration; assimilation; differentiation; Conservatives; Liberals

Book.  352 pages. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Political History

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A Changing Climate in Governing Hibernia

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Direct and Scenic Routes in Governing Hibernia

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Poverty, Famine, Land in Governing Hibernia

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Ambiguous Outcomes in Governing Hibernia

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Back to the Future in Governing Hibernia

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Doing it on the Cheap: Liberals in Governing Hibernia

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