First published in 1904 and twice reprinted, this book strongly influenced nationalist debate between 1904 and 1921. Its central proposal - the withdrawal of Irish elected representatives from Westminster - was inherited from the Hungarian Franz Deak's policy of non co-operation with the imperial parliament in Vienna in the 1860s. The idea of the dual monarchy, adopted by Austria and Hungary in 1867 in which each recognised the Austrian Emperor but had separate parliaments, continued to be advocated by a few Irish politicians as late as the 1920s. Griffith also expounds here his protectionist economic views which influenced Irish government policy for several decades.
The migration of Deak
how Francis Josef visited Pesth
the fall of Bach
how the Hungarians refused to send representatives to the "Imperial Parliament"
and how the Emperor of Austria lost his temper
the Bloodless war
the failure of force and "conciliation"
the royal visit of 1865
the Austro-Prussian war
the surrender of Austria
present and past Hungary
Hungary and Ireland. Appendices
- Pitt's policy
the Sinn F in policy
the economic oppression of Ireland
the renunciation act
Hungary's Sinn F in institutions
"is an interesting reminder of the broader European influences on Irish nationalism."
"This handy facsimile of the 1918 edition of Griffith's book with Patrick Murray's introduction is an essential item for the bookshelves of everyone interested in 20th Century Irish political development."
"University College Dublin Press has now published over thirty ‘Classics of Irish History'. These contemporary accounts by well known personalities of historical events and attitudes have an immediacy that conventional histories do not have. Introductions by modern historians provide additional historical background and, with hindsight, objectivity."
"Scholars of nineteenth-century Irish and Irish-American politics should reacquaint themselves with these classics, part of a long running and immensely useful series from University College Dublin Press."
Irish Literary Supplement