Sir Lewis Namier (1888–1960) was not only a major twentieth-century historian, a pioneer of ‘scientific history’ who gave his name to a particular form of history-writing, but an important public intellectual. He played a significant role in public affairs, as an influential adviser to the British Foreign Office during the First World War and later as an active Zionist. This article offers a new perspective on his life and work by providing, for the first time, as comprehensive a bibliography as is currently possible of his voluminous writings: books, scholarly articles and contributions to periodicals and newspapers, including many hitherto unknown, and some published anonymously. The annotation includes not only bibliographical information but explanations and brief summaries of the content. The introduction gives an account of Namier’s life and an assessment of his significance as a historian and thinker.
Irishmen were conscious of the ways in which they themselves might profit from the existence of an alternative means of securing legislative redress of grievances or advancement of their interests. The value to Irishmen of having their own parliament was most apparent in the use made of statutory powers to encourage economic development. This chapter illustrates the parliamentary processes rather than the constitutional theories underpinning them. The Irish parliamentary 'patriots' naturally focused their attention on Anglo-Irish economic relationships and were particularly alert for any evidence of imbalance. The limitations of Irish Protestant 'patriotism' reflected the way in which the legislative system functioned to the general advantage as well as to the occasional detriment of the Irish. The advantages of having access to Westminster as well as their own parliament compensated for the difficulties created by the procedures imposed by Poynings' law and the potential threat embodied in the Declaratory Act.