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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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Introduction

Introduction

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257799.003.0001

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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