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James Hogan (1898-1963) Revolutionary, Historian, Political Scientist

Irish Emigrant Review

Historian and political scientist James Hogan was the subject of a commemorative conference held at University College Cork just over two years ago and this volume has arisen from that event. Hogan was born in Co. Galway in 1898 and educated in Clongowes and University College Dublin. Active participation in the War of Independence delayed his taking up his position as Professor of History at University College Cork in 1920, where he later became involved in the NUI Graduates Association. The aspects of his life which are dealt with here include an examination of his role in the Civil War by Alan Burke, his contribution to the study of Ireland in Tudor times by Margaret MacCurtain, while Cornelius O'Leary deals with Hogan's works on politics in "Hogan: the Development of a Political Scientist". A number of relevant documents are also included, edited by E. M. Hogan. Thus we have first hand accounts of his schooldays in Clongowes, the East Clare flying column, his journey to London with Arthur Griffith and a fragment of his Civil War Diary. Hogan was characterised by his love of his country, for which he had fought, and he suffered some disillusion in his later years at the way in which Ireland had used its hard-won independence. A historian who developed a keen interest in political theory and moral philosophy, James Hogan contributed greatly to Irish life through his writings, lectures and speeches, spending his last days completing the editing of Analeca Hibernica 23, the journal of the Irish Manuscripts Commission.
(Four Courts Press, ISBN 1-85182-520-7, pp249, IR31.50)

March 2001