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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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The Origins of Irish Republicanism, Patriotism, and Radicalism

The Origins of Irish Republicanism, Patriotism, and Radicalism

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(p.13) 1 The Origins of Irish Republicanism, Patriotism, and Radicalism
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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/9780199257799.003.0002

This chapter discusses the five key political languages of Protestant superiority, ancient constitutionalism, commercial grievance, classical republicanism, and natural rights. It also defines republicanism, patriotism, and radicalism and discusses their Irish roots before 1776. The foundation of the patriots’ thought was their rights as the heirs of free-born Protestant Englishmen in Ireland. The nature of the political connection to Britain and the role of the British parliament in controlling Irish affairs deeply troubled many Protestant Irish minds, and in this sense there was a continuity to Irish patriotism over the century.

Keywords:   Ireland, republicanism, patriotism, radicalism, Protestant superiority, political languages, ancient constitutionalism, commercial grievances, natural rights

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