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Title: The triumph of the Catholic Committee : the Irish Catholic Campaign, 1790-1793
Author: Selzer, Eric
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2008
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The overall aim of this study is to reawaken interest in the frequently overlooked and misunderstood popular political campaign of the Irish Catholic Committee between 1790 and 1793. The first chapter will present the primary topics to be addressed, including membership, motivation, methodology, and character of the Irish Catholic organisation. The second chapter will relate the historical background of the penal era in eighteenth-century Ireland and the evolution of Irish Catholic activism in the decades immediately prior to the 1790s. Chapter three will cover the campaign’s gradual and hesitant beginnings, while chapters four and five will describe the critical months between September 1791 and December 1792, when the Catholics of Ireland received the parliamentary franchise, and will consider the historical legacy of the Catholic Relief Act of 1793. Finally, chapter seven will provide a thorough analysis of the character of the Irish Catholic Committee, asking whether the Committee can most accurately be characterised as either a sectarian, radical, or patriotic political organisation. The intended outcomes of this dissertation will be both the effective reintroduction of the Catholic Committee to eighteenth century Irish historiography, replacing it alongside other contemporary popular political groups such as the Society of United Irishmen, and, additionally, the important rediscovery of the voice of secular, eighteenth century Ireland, a perspective which has repeatedly been neglected or underappreciated by historians investigating the political events surrounding the Catholic question of eighteenth century Ireland.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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