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Parnell and His Party 1880-1890, by Conor Cruise O'Brien

Conor Cruise O'Brien's second book, first published in 1957, grew out of the doctoral thesis he had submitted at Dublin's Trinity College in 1954.

In Parnell and His Party, 1880-1890, O'Brien applied a finessing scholarly eye to the figure of Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and formidable proponent of Home Rule whose career was abruptly ruined by the 'Mrs O'Shea' divorce scandal of 1890 that split his party and dominated Irish politics for a generation.

For O'Brien this schism was of more than academic interest: his maternal grandfather David Sheehy was among the MPs who repudiated Parnell.

“One of the essential books of modern Irish history, a shrewd and clarifying study.” - Thomas Flanagan

Published by Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1974.

In very good condition. Grey jacket over blue cloth with gilt lettering.

Shows a former owner's name on end-paper.