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From 1800 to 1922 the Irish Question was the most emotional and divisive issue in British politics. It pitted Westminster politicians, anti-Catholic British public opinion, and Irish Protestant and Presbyterian champions of the Union against the determination of Ireland’s large Catholic majority to obtain civil rights, economic justice, and cultural and political independence.

In this completely revised and updated edition of The Irish Question, Lawrence J. McCaffrey extends his classic analysis of Irish nationalism to the present day. He makes clear the tortured history of British-Irish relations and offers insight into the difficulties now facing those who hope to create a permanent peace in Northern Ireland.

Lawrence J. McCaffrey is professor emeritus of history at Loyola University. He is the cofounder of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the author of numerous books, including Textures of Irish America and The Irish Catholic Diaspora in America.

An excellent and well-written survey of Irish history over the last two hundred years. -- Emmet Larkin, University of Chicago

A shrewd, balanced, and richly informed history of Ireland from the 1800 Act of Union to the day before yesterday—and with an informed glance into tomorrow. . . . Written with clarity, grace, and a concern for the lived experience of the Irish people, all of them. . . . Beyond question the one essential overview of the last two centuries. -- Thomas Flanagan, author of Tenants of Time

An insightful and generally dispassionate essay that captures, condenses, and clarifies the ambiguities and contradictions that have made 'the Troubles' in post-1922 Ireland so incomprehensible to so many people. . . . A 'must acquisition' for readers interested in the Anglo-Irish relationship since the Act of Union. -- Thomas E. Hachey, author of Britain and Irish Separatism

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






Ireland, Politics, Government, Great Britain, Foreign relations


European History


This is the second edition.

The Irish Question: Two Centuries of Conflict
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