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'Papineau-O'Connell Instruments: Irish Loyalism and the Transnational Dimensions of the 1837 Rebellions and Upper and Lower Canada'

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Blackstock, Allan (2012) 'Papineau-O'Connell Instruments: Irish Loyalism and the Transnational Dimensions of the 1837 Rebellions and Upper and Lower Canada'. In: The Loyal Atlantic:Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era. (Eds: Bannister, Jerry and Riordan, Liam), University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Buffalo, London, , pp. 252-276. ISBN 978-1-4426-4208-9 (hardback) 978-1-4426-1109-2 (paperback) [Book section]

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This work is based on extensive original research. It traces the transfer of information about the Canadian rebellions across the Atlantic and eventually to Ireland. The presentation of this information in provincial Irish newpapers from Ulster and Connacht is analysed for what it reveals about ways in which Canadian issues were utilised in an Irish context. The argument is made that perceived links between Daniel O'Connell and the French Canadian leader, Louis-Joseph Papineau, were used to associate the former with memories of the Irish rebellion of 1798 to discredit his campaign to repeal the Act of Union. Furthermore, a comparison of the Canadian content of provincial newspapers shows fundamental differences between Connacht and Ulster. In the former province, where Protestants were in a minority, the coverage emphasises the ferocity of French Canadian Catholics and the perceived complicity of Catholic priests. In Ulster, on the other hand, the reportage stresses the danger to Canadian loyalists from republicans in the United States.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Ireland, Canada, Loyalism, O'Connell, Papineau, Orange Order, 1837 rebellions
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
ID Code:21623
Deposited By:Dr Allan Blackstock
Deposited On:27 Mar 2012 12:00
Last Modified:05 Jul 2012 10:40

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