By Gustave de Beaumont
Paralleling his pal Alexis de Tocqueville's stopover at to the US, Gustave de Beaumont traveled via eire within the mid-1830s to monitor its humans and society. In eire, he chronicles the background of the Irish and gives up a countrywide portrait at the eve of the nice Famine. released to acclaim in France, eire remained in print there till 1914. The English version, translated through William Cooke Taylor and released in 1839, used to be no longer reprinted. In a devastating critique of British coverage in eire, Beaumont puzzled why a central authority with such enlightened associations tolerated such oppression. He used to be scathing in his depiction of the ruinous country of eire, noting the desperation of the Catholics, the distress of repeated famines, the unfair landlord method, and the faults of the aristocracy. It was once no longer remarkable the Irish have been obvious as loafers, drunks, and brutes after they were diminished to dwelling like beasts. but Beaumont held out desire that British liberal reforms might heal Ireland's wounds. This rediscovered masterpiece, in one quantity for the 1st time, reproduces the nineteenth-century Taylor translation and comprises an creation on Beaumont and his global. This quantity additionally provides Beaumont's impassioned preface to the 1863 French variation within which he portrays the appalling results of the nice Famine. A vintage of nineteenth-century political and social observation, Beaumont's singular portrait deals the compelling immediacy of an eyewitness to historical past. (20060123)
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Thus the social and political condition of the Irish,—the presence of the Danes in the midst of them,—their very religion,—all these causes combine to explain the facility with which the Anglo-Normans gained a footing in Ireland. CHAP TER II We are now to inquire how, when the invasion was made without difﬁculty, the conquest could not be completed without perils continually renewed for centuries. This fact is also explained by three principal reasons; the ﬁrst equally derived from the political condition of the Irish; the second, from the relations between 18.
Henry VIII. commenced the work, Elizabeth and Cromwell ﬁnished it. Three despots of such a stamp were not likely to wish the same thing without effecting it, and each of them desired ardently, though for different reasons, the conquest of Ireland. It is not the achievement itself that deserves our attention, so much as the causes which produced it, and the consequences which followed. Until then, Ireland had only been to England an object of secondary consideration; how did it suddenly become the principal object of English policy?
Pp. 167 and 300. historical introduction . 24 The solution of these questions is found in a single fact, which is, as it were, the soul of this entire period, and the key of all Irish miseries; I mean the opposition which was then established between the religious creed of the conquerors and the vanquished. Section I. How, When England Became Protestant, It Must Have Desired That Ireland Should Become So Likewise The philosophic and religious movement which, in the sixteenth century, terminated in the Reformation, and produced such an immense effect in England and Scotland, did not reach Ireland: whilst England and Scotland became protestant, Ireland remained catholic.