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Title: The Church of Ireland and the third home rule crisis.
Author: Scholes , A.
ISNI:       0000 0000 7714 9584
Awarding Body: Queens University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis explores the role played by the Church of Ireland, the largest Protestant Church in Ireland, in Irish politics between 1910-1918, a period marked by dramatic events such as the Ulster Covenant, Lame gun-running, First World War and Easter Rising. This period was defined by Home Rule. Irish Unionism strongly opposed the intention of the Liberal government to grant Ireland a degree of legislative independence, as embodied in the third Home Rule bill. The Church of Ireland was an at times integral part ofthis Unionist opposition. The Church was highly involved in the mechanics of Unionist grass roots politics, playing a leading role at general election meetings in 1910, and in Unionist Clubs, as well as, from 1913, the Ulster Volunteer Force. The Church also played a role in justifying Unionist opposition to Irish self-government. The thesis explores how important the Church ofIreland was in legitimating Unionist resistance, and especially in attempting to provide a moral framework for Ulster Unionist militancy in 1913-14. The thesis also examines the effect the Church's involvement in Irish politics had within the Church. In 'secular' Irish Unionism, the period was marked by disunity. The issue ofpartition also threatened to split the Church ofIreland, as it replicated the tensions caused within Irish Unionism by the issue. The Ulster Covenant in 1912 suggested the Church in Ulster would support an Ulster focused anti-Home Rule strategy. Events during the War confirmed this partitionist impulse from northern Church members. Supplied by The British Library - 'The world's knowledge' 1! I This thesis argues that the Church ofIreland's influence in politics in this period was largely one ofdecline, as the issue ofpartition meant the Church ultimately could not speak with one voice on the 'Irish question'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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