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Irish Liberalism in the long nineteenth-century

Project Description

This project is intended to investigate the ideology, development, decline and practical activities of Irish liberalism in the long nineteenth century. This may include the Irish Liberal Party as such, its organisation, structure, ideology and social composition, or Irish liberalism more widely, including Irish Whigs, O’Connellites, and/or elements of the Home Government or Home Rule Association. Topics might include the relationship between liberalism and institutional Catholicism, Protestant liberalism (including working class liberalism in the northeast of Ireland), electoral politics (e.g. the role of electoral agents, or provincial newspapers), or the intellectual history of Irish liberals or liberalism, including in a United Kingdom context or comparative. The project will build on the expertise and resources of the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, which includes an active seminar and workshop series. The Institute also hosts a number of ongoing research projects concerned in whole or in part with the history of the island of Ireland, including the ‘Global Daniel O’Connell’ project

Funding Notes

Some of the PhD opportunities in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy have funding attached. Applications for study are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding for this particular project will only be available on a competition basis to Overseas applicants and you should please consult our website ( for further details.

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