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The Lives of Daniel Binchy: Irish Scholar, Diplomat, Public Intellectual

The Lives of Daniel Binchy: Irish Scholar, Diplomat, Public Intellectual

Tom Garvin

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The Lives of Daniel Binchy: Irish Scholar, Diplomat, Public Intellectual is the definitive biography of a preeminent thinker and diplomat, intrinsic to post-independence Irish society.

Tom Garvin’s definitive and fascinating biography explores the life of the indelible Irish public intellectual and diplomat Daniel Binchy, whose personal and public life, spotlights post-independence Ireland at its inception.

Binchy was Ireland’s ambassador to Germany from 1929 to 1932, promoting a modernising and independent Irish Free State while experiencing at first hand the disconcerting rise of Nazism and fascism. His meeting with Adolf Hitler and his landmark Studies article were a brave warning against the dangers of totalitarianism.

It was not long, however, before he had reverted to the pursuit of medieval history, becoming perhaps the greatest Celtic Studies scholar of his day, advancing to hold senior positions in UCD, Corpus Christi College Oxford, Harvard and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter One – Introduction: The Discovery of the Past

  • The Cult of the Past
  • Dramatis Personae
  • The Death of the Past?

Chapter Two – Uncertain Beginnings, 1899 – 1929

  • Strange Encounter
  • Historian: Spies in Ireland, Diplomats in Madrid,
  • The Spell of the Irish Language, 1925-1929
  • The Scholar turns Diplomat, 1929-1932

Chapter Three – A Lunatic With a Gift for Rhetoric, 1929 – 1932

  • A Reluctant Diplomat
  • Learning the Job
  • Binchy amid the Alien Corn Departure

Chapter Four – Between Past and Present, 1932 – 1941

  • Old Laws and New Laws
  • The Cross and the Fasces
  • De Valera, Mathematics and Medievalism

Chapter Five – Seclusion and Scholarship 1942 – 1980

  • Post-war Accidie
  • Patricks and Paddies
  • Law in a Stateless Society
  • A Gaelic Heritage?

Chapter Six – Romanticism and the Irish Past,1945 – 1989

  • Imaginary and Real Pasts
  • The Breakers of Myth
  • The End

Additional Information

Author Tom Garvin
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 1 Apr 2016
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781911024057

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