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«Poor Green Erin»

German Travel Writers’ Narratives on Ireland from Before the 1798 Rising to After the Great Famine- Texts Edited, Translated and Annotated by Eoin Bourke

Edited By Eoin Bourke

The area of 19 th -century German travel writing on Ireland has received widespread scholarly attention over the years in treatises in both English and German, but these efforts were directed largely at fellow-scholars and formed part of an academic discourse on travel, interculturality and alterity. This book, on the other hand, is conceived of more as a reader for the general public than as an academic treatise, presents a surprisingly extensive body of comments drawn from German and Austrian sources from between 1783 and 1865 and lets them «talk for themselves». Some of these remarkably empathetic and well-founded eye-witness accounts were translated into English already in the 19 th century by people like Sarah Austin and Sir Lascelles Wraxhall, but the editor has re-translated them to remove varying degrees of antiquatedness of formulation and has added other accounts that were hitherto largely unknown to the non-German-speaking reading public.
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21 Anton Schütte (1845)

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The author of a series of five articles that appeared in the Augsburger Allge- meine Zeitung in May 1847 under the title Journey to Derrynane and a Visit to Daniel O’Connell gave his name as Dr. A. Schütte. Brigitte Anton suggests that the person in question was Anton Schütte (1817-1867), a Westphalian liberal republican and highly admired public speaker who two years after his visit to Ireland went to Vienna, where he was considered a very dangerous influence “because he kept haranguing the workers on liberty” [Robinson: 1967, 224, fn. 8]. But to excite suspicion in Germany and Austria it was quite enough to be a proponent of O’Connell’s Repeal Movement, even in Catholic territories. As Peter Alter has written: The mention of O’Connell’s name alone was enough to conjure up visions of effective opposition or even threats to the existing state among both people and govern- ments. Among the majority of the people, O’Connell’s name evoked acclamation; among the governments, unease and occasionally exaggerated reactions. (Alter 1991, 116) Schütte was to become involved in the Viennese October Revolution of 1848 as a campaigner for parliamentary democracy, for which he was expelled from Vienna. For his participation in 1849 in a Czech attempt to stage a revol- ution for independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire he was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment but broke out of jail and escaped to the USA, where he spent the rest of his life and fought on the side of the Union...

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