This chapter examines the role of constitutionalism and nationalism in the political violence in Ireland during the 19th century. From the Irish point of view, the defeat of the Conservative Party against the Liberal Party was a vindication of the Nationalist Party's adhesion to the liberals. However, after five years of no action in the direction of Irish self-government from the Liberal government, Irish nationalists started to consider this inaction as conclusive demonstration of the futility of constitutional politics.
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