Edited By Carine Berbéri and Martine Pelletier
The Irish Republic has faced a number of serious crises and challenges since it came into existence. In recent years, the collapse of the Celtic Tiger has acted as a catalyst for change, revealing various structures of political, religious and economic authority giving way under pressure. In Northern Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement has led to major developments as new authorities endowed with legislative and executive powers have been set up. In its focus on the subject of authority and crisis in Ireland, this book opens up a rich and varied field of investigation.
Ciaran Brady - An Old Kind of History: The Anglo-Irish Writing of Irish History, 1840–1910
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An Old Kind of History: The Anglo-Irish Writing of Irish History, 1840–1910
Two exceptional features characterize the evolution of history writing in late nineteenth-century Ireland, both of which may be expressed in the negative. One is the absence of any trend toward the so-called ‘professionalization’ of historical study which is such a marked feature of cultural development in Europe and America in this period. And the second, closely related, but by no means identical process was the unwillingness of Irish scholars and intellectuals to participate overtly in the absorption of the widespread conviction that the study of history could be transformed into an authoritative scientific discipline. This essay examines the Anglo-Irish reconstruction of Irish history and the resulting successful refurbishment of an old kind of history which served more effectively than any pretension to scientific models to reassert their claim to cultural leadership.
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