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Master of Arts (MA)




Perhaps no time in the history of Anglo-Irish relations has brought more criticism on a British administration than the period of the great of 1846-50. The man most responsible for British policy during those years, Lord John Russell, has been accused of having only a superficial interest in the well-being of millions of Irish people, and it had been said that his actions were motivated primarily by political considerations. At the same time, the period is marked by an apparent complete failure of Irish leadership, beginning with the declining influence of Danel O'Connell and the Repeal Association after 1843, and typified by a group of idealistic young men known as "Young Ireland." This study will examine the interaction between the Irish leaders and Russell's administration, the attitudes that prevailed on both sides of St. George's Channel and suggest how those attitudes contributed to the succeeding relationship of England and Ireland.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1970 Barry B. Combs