1st Edition

Documents on the Nineteenth Century United Kingdom Constitution Volume IV: Nations and Empire

Edited By Andrew Blick Copyright 2023

    This volume considers the UK as a state that was both internally differentiated and placed a premium on its external relations and world power. It contains documents dealing with the implications of the multinational status of the UK. They relate to matters including discussions over the status of Ireland; and the constitutional position of the other nations of the UK. The volume also contains documents connected to the constitutional implications of the Empire, including the way in which it was managed, and how should be structured. It contains material relevant to the constitutional impact of the UK on the outside world.

    Volume IV: Nations and Empire

    General Introduction

    Volume 4 Introduction

    Part 1. Independence, Revolution and War

    1. American Declaration of Independence

    2. Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

    3. Mary Woolstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men

    4. Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, Part One

    5. Hannah More, Village Politics

    Part 2. Imperial and External Policy

    6. Olaudah Equiano, Equiano’s Travels

    7. An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade

    8. Te Tiriti O Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi

    9. Sir William Molesworth, ‘The Australian Colonies’

    10. William Gladstone, ‘New Zealand Government Bill’

    11. Report on the Indian Civil Service

    12. Government of India Act, 1858

    13. Colonial Laws Validity Act, 1865

    14. John Seeley, ‘The United States of Europe’

    15. Henry Richard, ‘National Engagements’

    16. Report of the Special Committee of the League, Imperial Federation

    17. Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 1900

    18. Peace of Vereeniging

    19. Arthur Ponsonby, ‘Parliament and Foreign Policy’

    20. Mahatma Gandhi, statement at trial Ahmadabad


    Part 3. Nations and Union

    21. An Act for the Union with Ireland, 1800

    22. An Act for Restoring Order in Ireland, 1803

    23. Daniel O’Connell, speech at Mullaghmast, 1 October 1843

    24. Isaac Butt, ‘Home Government for Ireland: Irish Federalism! Its Meaning, Its Objects and Its Hopes’

    25. Secretary for Scotland Act, 1885

    26. W. E. Gladstone, ‘Government of Ireland Bill’

    27. Thomas Waring, ‘Government of Ireland Bill’

    28. Charles Parnell, ‘Government of Ireland Bill’

    29. Joseph Chamberlain, ‘Government of Ireland Bill’

    30. W. Mitchell, ‘Home Rule for Scotland’ 

    31. W. Llewelyn Williams, ‘Cymru Fydd: Its Aims and Objects’

    32. James Joyce, ‘The Death of Parnell’

    33. Government of Ireland Act, 1914

    34. Welsh Church Act, 1914

    35. 1916 Proclamation (of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic)

    36. Major Edward Wood, ‘Creation of Subordinate Legislatures’

    37. Government of Ireland Act, 1920

    38. Anglo Irish Treaty, Articles of Agreement



    Professor Andrew Blick is Head of the Department of Political Economy and Professor of Politics and Contemporary History at Kings College London, UK.