Politics, Society and the Middle Class in Modern Ireland

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This book examines Irish society and politics from a class perspective. It provides a wide-ranging introduction to the involvement of the changing middle class in Irish political life and the public sphere between the eighteenth and late twentieth centuries. Sixteen historians trace the rise and consolidation of middle-class political power, as well as significant conflicts within this class during a period of considerable social and political turmoil. The contributions comprise both analytical surveys covering long periods and case/area studies that provide new perspectives on crucial moments, movements and figures in Irish history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230008267
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

FINTAN LANE is Editor of Saothar, the journal of Irish labour history.

MARIA LUDDY is Professor of History at the University of Warwick.

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Table of Contents

Introduction--F.Lane & M.Luddy
• Merchant, landlord, co-operator: William Thompson, class and his Irish context, 1775-1833--F.Lane
• The Irish middle class and republican radicalism in the 1790s--J.Smyth
• The industrial middle class in Ireland, 1801-1921--A.Bielenberg
• The rise of the Catholic middle class: O'Connellites in County Longford, 1820-50--F.O'Ferrall
• The rise of middle class cultural values and the decline of duelling in Ireland--J.Kelly
• The Protestant middle class and political structures in pre-Famine Ireland--J.R.Hill
• The medical profession, class and religion in nineteenth-century Ireland--L.M.Geary
• Class and respectability in nineteenth-century Ireland--M.Cronin
• Ulster unionism and the changing middle class, 1886-1990--N.C.Fleming
• Political identities: constructions of class and gender, nation and empire in Katharine Tynan's nationalism--A. Spottiswoode Annat
• 'A sort of political Pompeii': education and the national question in Ireland, 1879-1912--S.Paseta
• William Martin Murphy, the Irish Independent and the Irish middle class, 1905-19--P.Maume
• Women's suffrage and class in twentieth-century Ireland--M.Luddy
• The middle class and the emergent Irish Free State, 1922-39--J.M.Regan
• Planning and philanthropy: Travellers and class boundaries in urban Ireland, 1930-70--A.Bhreatnach
• 'The democracy of farmers, shopkeepers and publicans?' The middle class and Irish politics, 1945-95--D.Ferriter

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