Divided Ideals: The Religious Society of Friends and the Irish Home Rule Controversy, 1885 to 1886


Summer 2000 No 6 – 01/07/2000


Author: Philip Ashton

Document Code: WJ06

Description: This issue of the Woodbrooke Journal represents only a portion of the monumental and rigorous research carried out by Philip Ashton before, during, and after his Eva Koch Research Fellowship in 1998.

Assiduously checked and re-checked, Philip’s work reflects his own dedication to enquiry and to accuracy. I often tell my students ‘follow your passion’ and this is exactly what Philip has done in his comprehensive study of the Irish Home Rule question between 1885 and 1923 and the reactions of Irish and British Friends to the political manoeuvrings of those years.

It is a fascinating history, one that sadly still echoes in the 21st century, but one which gives us an historical perspective to better understand the ongoing debates.

Ben Pink Dandelion

April 2000

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