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The war in Ireland has spanned eight centuries, alternately blowing hot and cold, appearing at times to fade away, only to flare up more forcefully later on.

According to the "experts" and the media pundits, the conflict is one of religion. But Chesterton reveals in Irish Impressions that at heart the problem is one of freedom. The Irish man wants to be master in his own home, speaking his own language, reading his own books, and drinking his own whiskey. It is a war for the ...

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Overview

The war in Ireland has spanned eight centuries, alternately blowing hot and cold, appearing at times to fade away, only to flare up more forcefully later on.

According to the "experts" and the media pundits, the conflict is one of religion. But Chesterton reveals in Irish Impressions that at heart the problem is one of freedom. The Irish man wants to be master in his own home, speaking his own language, reading his own books, and drinking his own whiskey. It is a war for the Irish Hearth, the Irish Home, and - ultimately - the integrity of the Irish Soul.

This book is the fruit of Chesterton's short visit to Ireland and his long contemplation of political, economic, social and family life. A thoughtful reading of it can only lead to a genuine understanding of the nature of the conflict, and may yet help in bringing peace to both Ireland and England.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781116358582
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Meet the Author

G. K. Chesterton's writing career spanned 35 years and included nearly 100 books and thousands of articles in 125 different periodicals, on topics ranging from travel, economics, and politics to religion and philosophy. His command of the language made him one of the leading literary figures of early 20th-century England. Dermot Quinn is an associate professor of history at Seton Hall University. He has written several books, including Patronage and Piety: English Roman Catholics and Politics, 1850-1900, and Understanding Northern Ireland. His articles and reviews have been published in, among others, The Chesterton Review, The American Historical Review, and The Welsh History Review. He earned his Ph.D. from Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 15
Chronology of Irish History 22
Irish Impressions
I Two Stones in a Square 25
II The Root of Reality 31
III The Family and the Feud 43
IV The Paradox of Labour 52
V The Englishman in Ireland 63
VI The Mistake of England 72
VII The Mistake of Ireland 83
VIII An Example and a Question 97
IX Belfast and the Religious Problem 111
Suggestions for Further Reading 148
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