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A guide of the Scottish Gaelic international focuses upon Gaelic cultural survival from the twelfth to the 18th centuries.

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He was neither a pioneer nor an exception, as Louis Chevalier and D. 82 The limitations of the ‘colonial’ approach in the case of the history of Irish popular movements are perhaps best illustrated by Marylin Silverman’s splendid work. Paradoxically, she escapes the insularity and Anglo-centrism of the colonial paradigm – which she accepts – because of her close focus on a regional reality (Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny). Far from being ‘colonial’, the picture which emerges from her study is eminently comparable to class (or class/status) realities in Britain and elsewhere in north-western Europe.

However, if by it she means the organized labour movement, 130 131 132 133 135 136 137 138 Council of the Workmen’s Peace Association to the Right Hon. the Earl of Derby, NA, FO 78/2551. Ibid. W. E. Gladstone, The Bulgarian horrors and the question of the East (1876), 61. , 12. , 14, 15. P. Joyce, Democratic subjects: the self and the social in nineteenth-century England (1994), 209. , NA, FO 78/2931. Meeting of the inhabitants of the Borough of Rochdale, convened by the Mayor, Rochdale, 4 Sep.

For the role that similar developments had in the growth of popular liberalism in mid-Victorian Britain see A. Briggs, Victorian people (1954), chapters 5 and 7; T. Tholfsen, Working class radicalism in mid-Victorian England (1976), chapters 7–10; Biagini, Liberty, ‘Introduction’ and chapter 2. K. T. Hoppen, ‘Riding a tiger: Daniel O’Connell, Reform and popular politics in Ireland, 1800–1847’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 100 (1999), 121–43; R. V. Comerford, The Fenians in context: Irish politics and society, 1848–82 (1985), 143, 162, 173–4.

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