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Thread #69252 Message #4057285
Posted By: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
04-Jun-20 - 05:01 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Eighteenth of June
Subject: RE: Origins: Eighteenth of June
I've just read through them too. Was there some personal animus between the writer and Frank Harte? The sneering tone so frequently adopted, coupled with numerous inaccuracies of fact, reminds me forcefully of contemporary British politicians drawling down, as it were, to a commoner. Sorry; that is, to one of the "working class", or - as Mr Harte put it - one of "the lower orders". The reviewer, in asking rhetorically about the term and by whom it was used, reveals a fundamental ignorance about the period which his recourse to a couple of familiar secondary texts does little to disguise.
Mind you, FH would have been well advised not to try to summarise as much history as he seems to have done. Often, what caused Students to fail was not what they missed out, but some of the stuff they included.