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The Pamphlet Controversy about Wood’s Halfpence (1722-25) and the Tradition of Irish Constitutional Nationalism

by Sabine Baltes-Ellermann (Author)
Thesis XVIII, 335 Pages

Summary

The controversy about Wood’s Halfpence between 1722 and 1725 was an exceptional instance of Irish defiance of England’s imperial authority. In a heated public dispute, more than 100 pamphlets and broadsides in prose and verse protested against the English Government’s granting a patent for coining copper money for Ireland to an English manufacturer. Castigating the project in economic and constitutional terms, they revealed an indebtedness to traditional arguments for Ireland’s status as a free kingdom, whose people enjoyed the same liberties as the people of England. The pamphlets thus render a representative picture of Irish political thought and of the country’s relationship with its closest neighbour, and most powerful rival, England, in the early eighteenth century.

Details

Pages
XVIII, 335
ISBN (Book)
9783631507575
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. XVIII, 335 pp., 1 fig.

Biographical notes

Sabine Baltes-Ellermann (Author)

The Author: Sabine Baltes studied English Language and Literature, Modern History, and Economics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, and at the University of Ulster at Coleraine / Northern Ireland. From 1997 to 1999, she worked at the Institut für Buchwissenschaft und Textforschung, in 2000 at the Labor für Biophysik, and in 2002 at the Ehrenpreis-Institut für Swift Studien at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster.

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Title: The Pamphlet Controversy about Wood’s Halfpence (1722-25) and the Tradition of Irish Constitutional Nationalism