Science, Politics and Society in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland: The Reverend William Richardson

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Science, Politics and Society in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland: The Reverend William Richardson  by Allen Blackstock examines the pivotal period immediately after the Irish Union from the unique perspective of the Reverend William Richardson (1740–1820). A clerical polymath, Richardson's activities ranged from Ulster politics to international scientific debates. His private correspondence adds to our knowledge of central Ulster before and during the 1798 rebellion and provides insights into the tensions between Irish provincial science and the metropolitan scientific world.

Science, Politics and Society in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland: The Reverend William Richardson is based on extensive primary research, including material new to Irish historiography, and follows the political and scientific themes of Richardson's career in a broadly chronological sweep, assessing the role of various shaping features, including religion, politics, personality and Enlightenment ideology, and analysing each theme in terms of its broad contemporary historical significance.

Science, Politics and Society in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland: The Reverend William Richardson will appeal to students and academics with an interest in the period, or politics, religion or science.

Allan Blackstock

Allan Blackstock was born in Belfast where, after a working in industry, he entered third level education as a mature student. After graduation, he worked for a period as an archivist in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and has also provided historical consultancy for various museums.

He taught at Queen'€™s University Belfast (QUB) in the School of Modern History and the Institute of Irish Studies before joining the University of Ulster in 2002 where, in addition to conventional teaching, he has been involved in developing e-learning programmes in Irish Cultural Heritages. He was promoted to Reader in Irish Cultural Heritages in 2005.

In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 2006 to the editorial board of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies.

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