In his treatment of Redmond, Joseph P. Finnan demonstrates the multiple identities of the Irish Parliamentary Party as nationalist, liberal, and Catholic. He looks at Home Rule as part of a federal solution to the Irish question within the United Kingdom, the reasons for the failure of Redmond’s war policies, and the collapse of the Irish Parliamentary Party as part of the wider phenomenon of the decline of liberalism during the Great War. As he looks at Irish nationalism in its worldwide context, Finnan also shows how Redmond’s handling of organizational problems in America sets the pattern for his later handling of similar problems in Ireland.
Joseph P. Finnan is a native of northeastern Pennsylvania and was educated at the University of Scranton and the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a visiting professor of history at the State University of New York at Oswego.