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The Philosophy of Irish Ireland

First published between 1898 and 1900 as a series of articles in the "New Ireland Review", "The Philosophy of Irish Ireland" was the most forceful manifesto produced by that section of the Gaelic Revival movement which saw Irish identity as inextricably Catholic and Gaelic. The book addresses the growing Catholic professional class educated in secondary schools run by religious orders, and attempts to instil a collective consciousness in this nascent elite. It shows that the Gaelic Revival would not inevitably lead to separatism; it could also be deployed in the service of an aggressively reinvented less deferential ’Catholic Whig’ politics. It includes a new introduction by Patrick Maume.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Patrick Maume Preface to original volume I Is the Irish Nation Dying? II The Future of the Irish Nation III The Pale and the Gael IV Politics, Nationality and Snobs V The Gaelic Revival VI The Battle of Two Civilizations Appendix, The Confessions of a Converted West Briton, from The Leader, 8 September 1900.

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