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Political Thought in Ireland 1776-1798Republicanism, Patriotism, and Radicalism$
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Stephen Small

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257799

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257799.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Political Thought in Ireland 1776-1798

Stephen Small

Oxford University Press

The Introduction outlines the purpose of the book which is to present an intellectual history of the political ideas that inspired republican, separatist rebellion in 18th-century Ireland. The main focus is the expression and evolution of three key political themes: patriotism, radicalism, and republicanism. This work is primarily a history of political thought and language, but one that connects ideas and rhetoric to events and individuals. Its purpose is threefold: first, to describe the political languages and ideas used by patriots, radicals, and republicans in Ireland from the American Revolution until the Rebellion; second, to understand how and why these languages and ideas developed over this period; and third, to show how they informed the mentalités of the individuals who expressed these ideas in order to understand their political actions.

Keywords:   Ireland, patriotism, radicalism, republicanism, political thought, separatism, Britain, rebellion, political languages

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