Nationalism and Religion in Modern Ireland
A critique of J. C. Beckett’s `A History of Modern Ireland`.
The paper shows that `A History of Modern Ireland` is notable for its insightful and revisionist representations in light of its general goal as a survey of modern history. It discusses that the omission of many details, especially those involving popular movements in England, as influential as they might have been to Ireland, are forgivable in light of the sheer scope of the text. The author of the paper shows that the revisionist tendencies of the text, which sometimes gets bogged down in attempts not to over-generalize or create a history without cause and effects, gives a particularly modern feeling to a book written twenty five years ago.
J C Beckett’s The Making of Modern Ireland is a carefully constructed book that is very much written in an introductory/survey-oriented sense. The author acknowledges both this and its heavy reliance on predecessors in the preface, as well as his own feelings of incompetence towards the subject throughout its completion. Despite this, the narrative he subtlety lays out introduces a refreshing and strong viewpoint towards the origins of Irish Nationalism trough commonalities of thought, despite the rivalries of aim, amongst Irish Roman Catholics and the Church of Ireland.