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Gladstone Centenary Essays$
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David Bebbington and Roger Swift

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313202

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In the Front Rank of the Nation: Gladstone and the Unionists of Ireland, 1868–1893

In the Front Rank of the Nation: Gladstone and the Unionists of Ireland, 1868–1893

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(p.184) In the Front Rank of the Nation: Gladstone and the Unionists of Ireland, 1868–1893
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Gladstone Centenary Essays
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D. George Boyce

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239253.003.0010

This chapter examines Gladstone's approach to the problem of Ireland, and his concept of where Irish Unionists would fit in his home rule constitution. It argues that Gladstone's project was to win back the Protestants of Ireland to their true allegiance, as an integral part of the Irish nation. Gladstone identified, not the Irish Protestant gentry, nor indeed their church, as the problem; what was wrong was the special nature of that gentry's relations with the bulk of the Irish people, a relationship characterised by the term ‘Anglo–Irish ascendancy’, with all its implications of a privileged caste unreasonably dominating the nation.

Keywords:   Irish Unionists, Irish people, Irish ascendancy, home rule constitution, Protestants, Irish gentry

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