W.E.H. Lecky: Historian and Politician 1838-1903 by Donal McCartney (344)

W.E.H. Lecky: Historian and Politician 1838-1903 by Donal McCartney (344) W.E.H. Lecky: Historian and Politician 1838-1903 by Donal McCartney (344) Biographies

Published 1994: First Edition / Hardcover / Very Good Condition / Illustrated throughout

Original blue cloth with silver titles on the spine and original pictorial dust jacket. 271 clean and bright pages, mild speckled foxing on the edge. Slight shelf wear on dust jacket consistent with age.

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This is the long-awaited biography of the great humanist historian of eighteenth-century Ireland. Carlow landlord, writer and political commentator, Lecky achieved fame in his lifetime as the author of monumental works of Irish, English and European history, and saw himself as heir to the great tradition of colonial nationalism vested in Swift, Burke and Grattan. A classic Victorian intellectual, he championed rationalism, loathed bigotry and was an admirer of Daniel O’Connell. In later life he became a ‘revisionist’ of his own earlier work, opposing Parnell and adopting a position of liberal unionism. He represented his alma mater Trinity College, Dublin, from 1895 to his death, campaigning vigorously against Home Rule. This critical account of Lecky’s life, writings and ideals opens up a neglected area of nineteenth-century Irish and continental historiography, and documents the parts he played in the unfolding drama of Anglo-Irish relations and the emergence of Irish nationalism. It makes an invaluable contribution to the history of ideas, and deepens our understanding of the nature of culture and politics in modern Ireland.

Review
overdue and welcome’ -Roy Foster, TLS ‘a distinguished study, most interestingly … this impressive scholarly work tells us much about the nuances of nineteenth century Irish questions’ –Books Ireland ‘distinguished by it humane approach to the greatest luminary of both nationalist and Unionist tradtions’ -George Byrne, Irish Studies Review ‘an important and immensely readable biography of this neglected patriot’ -Hilary Pratt, Irish Independent a magnificent achievement … a book to be rejoiced in’- Irish Times

About the Author
Donal McCartney is emeritus professor of modern Irish history at UCD and editor of The World of Daniel O’Connell (Dublin 1980).

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