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The Ireland that we made : Arthur & Gerald Balfour's contribution to the origins of modern Ireland

Author: David R C Hudson
Publisher: Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press, 2003.
Series: Series on international, political, and economic history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"During the last decade of the nineteenth century, a remarkable experiment in realpolitik restored land and power to the descendants of the victims of the expropriations of the Elizabethan and Jacobean plantations of Ireland. Successive Conservative and Unionist administrations accomplished this extraordinary restitution, and its active agents were members of the most elite political, social, literary, and  Read more...
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Hudson, David R.C., 1958-
Ireland that we made.
Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press, 2003
(OCoLC)606956741
Named Person: Arthur James Balfour; Gerald William Balfour Balfour, Earl of; Arthur James Balfour; Gerald William Balfour Balfour, Earl of; Arthur James Balfour; Gerald William Balfour Balfour; George Wyndham
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David R C Hudson
ISBN: 1884836976 9781884836978
OCLC Number: 50644062
Notes: Based on the author's doctoral dissertation.
Description: xxiv, 256 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction to the Irish Enigma --
Irish Land and English Civilization --
Famine, Misrule, Agitation, and Reform --
The Balfours in Britain and Ireland --
Arthur Balfour at the Irish Office --
Gerald Balfour and Ireland --
Ireland Transformed --
Constructive Kindness and the New Nationalism --
The Achievement and Fall of George Wyndham --
Liberal Confusion and Nationalist Chaos --
Constructive Unionism Finds a Champion.
Series Title: Series on international, political, and economic history.
Responsibility: David R.C. Hudson.

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"During the last decade of the nineteenth century, a remarkable experiment in realpolitik restored land and power to the descendants of the victims of the expropriations of the Elizabethan and Jacobean plantations of Ireland. Successive Conservative and Unionist administrations accomplished this extraordinary restitution, and its active agents were members of the most elite political, social, literary, and intellectual circles. The name given to this program of beneficent legislation for Ireland is "Constructive Unionism," though sometimes it was referred to (unkindly) as "Killing Ireland with Kindness." The idea behind this latter name was that as necessary and long-overdue reforms were passed, the agitation for Home Rule for Ireland would wither and die. Throughout this study, the phrases "Killing Ireland with Kindness" and "Constructive Unionism" will be used synonymously. Both terms refer to the period between 1887 and 1905 when, chiefly under the Irish Chief Secretaryships of Arthur Balfour ( 1887-91), Gerald Balfour (1895-1900) and George Wyndham (1900-1905), there was a sustained effort on the part of successive Conservative administrations to diminish (if not eliminate) Irish disaffection toward the Union with Great Britain through the passage of substantial internal reforms. Redistribution of land was always at the heart of the policy - a striking instance of the rootedness of the policy in an understanding of Irish history and the enduring grounds of conflict with Great Britain. Although the policy has frequently been dismissed as either incoherent or inconsequential, it very nearly succeeded in its objectives and certainly brought about a profound transformation in the political, social, and economic landscape of Ireland."--BOOK JACKET.

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