Political thought in Ireland, 1776-1798: republicanism, by Stephen Small

By Stephen Small

This can be the 1st accomplished research of past due eighteenth-century Irish patriot suggestion and its improvement into 1790s radical republicanism. it's a historical past of the wealthy political principles and languages that emerged from the tumultuous occasions and colourful members that emerged from this pivotial interval in Irish background. Stephan Small's exploration sheds new gentle at the origins of Irish republican nationalism.

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0001 IV . THE ANCIENT CONSTITUTION AND NATURAL RIGHTS An interesting synthesis of this constitutional tradition with Lockean arguments was given by Charles Francis Sheridan (the brother of Richard Brinsley Sheridan). Like a latter-day Molyneux, Sheridan described an ancient constitution based on the Magna Charta, medieval confirmations of the Magna Charta, assertions of the liberties of the people by Charles I, and the Bill of Rights. These could not be infringed by parliament and were to be transmitted to posterity ‘without any derogation’.

For William Knox, this submission ‘was a considerable boon to the people of Ireland’. It secured property, law and order, and the jury system by exchanging ‘a mode of government and laws replete with tyranny and oppression, and productive of every enormity, for a constitution framed upon principles of equal right, and for laws which gave them security in their persons, and property in their possessions’. 39 39 William Knox, The State of Ireland (Dublin, 1778), 8–14. Crucially this submission also demonstrated that Ireland was linked to Britain via the crown only: it had never submitted to the authority of the English parliament.

Part 1: The Imperial Crisis’, in J. G. A. ), The Varieties of British Political Thought, 1500–1800 (Cambridge, 1993), 246–82. These views coincided with a metropolitan view of Imperial identity that contrasted sharply with the settler ideal of shared ‘English’ rights. Despite protestations from Ireland and America, many Englishmen simply did not feel like equal partners in the Imperial project. This more pervasive view saw the colonies as ‘outposts of British economic or strategic power’ populated by settlers who were subordinate to the British state, not equal partners in liberty.

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