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The Eternal Paddy
Irish Identity and the British Press, 1798–1882
Michael de Nie

History of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora

James S. Donnelly, Jr., and Thomas Archdeacon, Series Editors

"An island, a social state, a race is to be changed"
—Times, London, October 7, 1846

Drawing on more than ninety newspapers published in England, Scotland, and Wales, this is the first major detailed analysis of British press coverage of Ireland over the course of the nineteenth century. This book traces the evolution of popular understandings and proposed solutions to the "Irish question," focusing particularly on the interrelationship between the press, the public, and the politicians. The work also engages with ongoing studies of imperialism and British identity, exploring the role of Catholic Ireland in British perceptions of their own identity and their empire.

"The standard of scholarship is high, combining breadth and depth of analysis with an acute eye for detail."—Roger Swift, Chester College, United Kingdom

Michael de Nie is assistant professor of history at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia.

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the cover of Eternal Paddy features a newspaper cartoon which is actually a racist drawing of an Irishman. He has a gun and is only kept at bay by a stern Englishman in a flock coat.

May 2004
LC: 2003020565 DA
384 pp.  6 x 9  
49 b/w illus.

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ISBN 978-0-299-18664-7
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ISBN 978-0-299-18660-9
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