Civil War in Ulster

Its Objects and Probable Results

Joseph Johnston

(Sealy, Bryers & Walker, Middle Abbey St, Dublin, 1913)
(Annotated Edition, 1998, by Dr Roy Johnston; comments to

Preface by Professor Tom Garvin

Editor's Introduction

(original) TABLE of CONTENTS


  1. Objective in Writing

  2. The Supposed Danger to Protestantism

  3. Church and State in Various Countries

  4. Objects of Ulster's Resistance

  5. Importance of Ulster to Unionist Party

  6. Probable Course of Events

  7. Ireland from 1782-1800

  8. Ireland from 1801-1870

  9. Ireland from 1871 till the Present Day

  10. Examination of the Home Rule Bill
Appendix: Tory press fulminations; an example.


Reviews of the 1999 edition have appeared in Irish Emigrant, Books Ireland, Sunday Tribune, Irish Independent, Irish Democrat, in the German Irland Journal, in the Welsh Planet, in the Irish Studies Review and in the United States. Reviews have also appeared in the UCC Chronicon electronic historical review journal, in the Irish Quaker Friendly Word, one by Mary Harris in the Journal of the Galway Historical and Archaeological Society and one by John Doyle in Irish Social and Economic History. Copies of reviews are welcome and when received will be made accessible here.

Thanks to Patrick Maume in QUB I can add an original 1913 review from the Irish Independent. Two northern 1913 local press reviews are treated in my Introduction; the Dungannon News and the Derry Standard; I discovered these myself looking up the local papers in the National Library. I since discovered three contemporary reviews among JJ's papers, one by Stephen Gwynn in the Daily News and Leader (Jan 2 1914), one signed ASG from the Manchester Guardian of January 5 1914, and one unsigned from the Mid-Ulster Mail.

Contemporary Feedback

There are among JJ's papers some letters relating to the book:

1. November 20 1913 from one JK Fotheringham, 6 Blackhall Road, Oxford; I suspect him of being JJ's tutor when in Oxford, as the tone is slightly condescending;

2. November 23 1913 from one JAR Munro, 131 Banbury Road, Oxford; ; perhaps a colleague, or a don whom JJ regarded as an opinion-former;

3. December 9 1914 from Alec Wilson, a supporter of the Ballymoney rally and a Harland and Wolfe manager;

4. December 22 1913 from Wm L Micks (?), 9 Palmerston Villas, Dublin, who had reported to the Lord Lieutenant in 1907;

5. December 25 1913 from JJ's brother James with ideas for a second edition;

6. January 3 1914 from the Hatboro (Penn, USA) Orange Lodge (Rev GT Lemmon);

7. March 19 1914 from RN(?) Barrington, Laurel Hill, Dungannon;

8. Undated from Wm(?) C Irwin(?) in Kilnaslee, probably a Dungannon Royal School colleague.

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