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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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Protestant Ascendancy and the Revival of Radicalism, 1786-1791

Protestant Ascendancy and the Revival of Radicalism, 1786-1791

(p.155) 5 Protestant Ascendancy and the Revival of Radicalism, 1786-1791
Political Thought in Ireland 1776-1798

Stephen Small

Oxford University Press

This chapter charts developments in patriotism and radical reform between 1787 and 1791. It argues that the emergence of Protestant Ascendancy as a conceptual reaction to the Tithe Dispute, the assertion of Irish rights in the Regency Crisis, and the renewal of reform activity by the Irish Whigs in 1780 all had important consequences for the emergence of 1790s radicalism. Protestant Ascendancy, by creating a pre-Burkean reactionary stereotype of radical reformers and their allies, was especially important in shaping the environment within which radicals would operate. The Tithe Dispute arose from long-standing Catholic and Dissenter grievances about paying tithes to the Church of Ireland.

Keywords:   Ireland, Protestant Ascendancy, patriotism, radicalism, Whigs, tithes, Tithe Dispute, Regency Crisis

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