Ireland's revolution of 1848 has no proud place in the history of Irish nationalism, and the leader of the doomed enterprise, William Smith O'Brien, is not a celerated hero of his country's struggle for independence. Nevertheless, the O'Brien story is an important one. During most of his political career, O'Brien believed in the British Parliament's capacity to give good government in Ireland. His attempts to secure liberal reform were largely unseccessful, however, and he entered the 1840's with a growing conviction that the Irish Members were wasting their time at Westminster. In 1843, his extroardinary Commons campaign for justice for Ireland prefigured the tactics of Parnell, but the effort ended in disappointment and O'Brien joined the Repeal Association in October 1843. For the next five years he was a major political figure, first as O'Connell's loyal deputy, then as his critic and rival, and finally, in 1848, as the leader of a rebellion. O'Brien was an exceptionally brave politician whose sense of honor and duty sent him into the lion's den time and time again. However, his ignominious failure in 1848 meant that he could be despised by men who were not his betters- by British leaders who failed to govern well, and by Irish politicians, including many who called temselves nationalists, who did not share his attachmnent to the idea that they should govern themselves.
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Book Description Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Leader of the Young Irelanders, O'Brien had been a MP who, though Protestant, argued for Catholic rights, first as a duputy of O'Connell's, then as his rival; after realizing no progress would be made through negotiation, he attemped revolution, which was quickly quelled. stout paperback, light wear, seems unread. Text clean; 320 pages; index, bibliography, a few illustrations. Size: 6¼" by 9¼". Bookseller Inventory # n0761
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