1st Edition

The Politics of Repeal A Study in the Relations between Great Britain and Ireland, 1841-50

By Kevin B. Nowlan Copyright 1965

    First published in 1965, The Politics of Repeal is primarily concerned with the last great campaign in Daniel O’Connell’s career and its impact on British and Irish politics. The 1840s were marked by a formidable agitation to have the Act of Union repealed and an independent Irish legislature restored. In attacking the Union between Great Britain and Ireland, O’Connell encountered the sustained opposition of Sir Robert Peel and a study of the conflict between the two men is an important feature of the book. Dr. Nowlan also discusses the rise of the Young Ireland movement and the disputes between the Young Irelanders and O’Connell. The political developments during the dark years of the Great Famine are examined and a close study is made of the events leading up to the Irish rebellion of 1848 and of the relations between Irish nationalists and French republicans during that year of revolutions. This book will be of interest to students of Irish history, British history, and political science.

    Preface Abbreviations Introduction 1. Peel and Ireland, 1841-2 2. The Challenge of Repeal¸1842-3 3. Conservative Reform in Ireland, 1843-4 4. Maynooth and the ‘Godless Colleges’, 1845 5. The Threat of Famine, 1845-6 6. A Season of Crisis, 1846-7 7. Famine and Politics, 1847 (I) 8. Famine and Politics, 1847 (II) 9. The Whigs’ Irish Policy, 1847-8 10. The Repeal Movement in 1848 11. The End of Repeal Bibliography Index


    Kevin B. Nowlan