Alvin Jackson is one of the leading historians of modern Ireland and Britain. He is Richard Lodge Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh, and has been lecturer in history at University College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast. He is the author of seven books, including The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland and the Survival of the United Kingdom (2013), and he has also recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History (2017). Among his awards, he is an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy and a member of the European Academy. The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, speaking at the launch in March 2018, described Judging Redmond & Carson as "an important book, published at an important time in our history ... Alvin Jackson is one of the finest historians writing about Irish and British history and this book adds to his already considerable reputation."
John Redmond and Edward Carson remain two of the biggest names in modern Irish and British history. At the peak of their careers as senior members of the House of Commons, they were locked together in combat over Home Rule. They have come to epitomize the political and religious conflicts in Ireland; yet, while divided by the union, they had surprisingly much in common. Contemporaries saw them together, and routinely judged them in comparative contexts. But with the partition of Ireland and independence, they have been disconnected, viewed wholly apart, and seen in political contexts scarcely imagined by people at the time. This new volume in the ‘Judging’ series is the first dual and comparative biography of Redmond and Carson—the first to assess them as contemporaries would have done. It uses both new approaches and much new evidence to shed fresh light on their sometimes fraught private lives, their professional and political achievements, and their stands on violence and war. The result is a strikingly original reassessment of the two men which also sheds much light on the working of the union state as well as on the current condition of the United Kingdom.
Professor Jackson's Judging Redmond and Carson will be available for sale on site through the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.