Bulmer Hobson and the Nationalist movement in twentieth-century Ireland

By Marnie Hay

Bulmer Hobson and the Nationalist movement in twentieth-century Ireland


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7987-0
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: May 2009
  • BIC Category: History, General & world history, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, Society & social sciences / Nationalism, Humanities / General & world history, Humanities / British & Irish history


Bulmer Hobson (1883-1969) abandoned the pacifism of his Ulster Quaker roots to become a key leader in the Irish nationalist movement in the period leading up to the 1916 Easter Rising. Sidelined at a critical time and maligned by some republican colleagues, Hobson has not been the subject of a published study until now. This book outlines and assesses Hobson's nationalist career in the period 1900-16, exploring his contributions to the Gaelic League, the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Sinn Féin movement, Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Volunteers. It also examines his lesser-known activities as a publisher, civil servant and economic propagandist in the years after the Rising.

As the only study on Bulmer Hobson this book will be of interest to historians and political scientists specializing in twentieth-century Ireland and the Irish revolution, Irish Studies scholars, and students of these disciplines. It will also appeal to the general reader with an interest in the history of the Irish revolution


1. Early influences
2. Cultural nationalism in Ulster
3. Political nationalism in Ulster
4. The other Sinn Féin leader
5. Rising fortunes in the IRB
6. The struggle for control of the Irish Volunteers
7. A Quaker and an Irish Volunteer
8. The Easter Rising and its aftermath
9. Building a new life
10. Remembering 1916


Marnie Hay is an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in History at Trinity College Dublin

Bulmer Hobson and the Nationalist movement in twentieth-century Ireland

By Marnie Hay

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