Social Thought on Ireland in the Nineteenth Century

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Social Thought on Ireland in the Nineteenth century is a contribution to the intellectual history of Ireland and to the history of the human sciences. It seeks to document a selected yet systematic set of views on Ireland as 'Other' during the nineteenth century. The contributors represent a range of academic disciplines, and of the ten chapters, six comprise the views on Ireland (social, cultural and political) of significant thinkers from outside the island. The selected thinkers are: Gustave de Beaumont (1802-66), friend of Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59); John Stuart Mill (1806-73); Harriet Martineau (1802-76); Sir Henry Maine (1822-88); Karl Marx (1818-83) and Friedrich Engels (1820-95); and James Anthony Froude (1818-94). The two significant themes of Celticism and Race-constructs through which the Irish were frequently viewed - are also included in separate chapters, in which attention will be given to the thought of Matthew Arnold and Robert Knox. All of this is accompanied by an historical Introduction by R. V. Comerford and a concluding Afterword by Peter Gray.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904558668
  • Publisher: University College Dublin Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2010
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Contributors to this volume xi

1 Introduction: Ireland's Nineteenth Century R. V. Comerford 1

2 Gustave de Beaumont: Ireland's Alexis de Tocqueville Tom Garvin Andreas Hess 9

3 John Stuart Mill and Ireland Graham Finlay 27

4 Harriet Martineau and Ireland Brian Conway Michael R. Hill 47

5 Sir Henry Maine and the Survival of the Fittest Séamas Ó Síocháin 67

6 The Irish Question in Karl Marx's and Friedrich Engels's Writings on Capitalism and Empire Chandana Mathur Dermot Dix 97

7 Destinies Intertwined: The Metaphysical Unionism of James Anthony Froude Ciaran Brady 108

8 Race Theory and the Irish Peter J. Bowler 135

9 Celticism: Macpherson, Matthew Arnold and Ireland George J. Watson 147

Afterword Peter Gray 167

Index 174

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