11 JUNE 1937, Page 42


Mr. Henry Harrison's acquaintance with Irish politics dates back to the days when he was a-friend and colleague of Parnell ; throughout his career he has kept in c.lose tough with political thought in Ireland, and has at times been personally involved in the fortunes of Irish movements. This book (Robert Hale' xos. 6d.), coming from a man who has been familiar with Irish politics

during the forty most eventful years of Irish history, therefore deserves an attentive and respectful study. Mr.

Harrison examines Anglo-Irish relations with reference to international affairs, traces the historical development of the position of mistrust which now holds the field, and concludes with a plea for close Anglo-Irish collaboration in view of the danger of another world war. Mr. Harrison's arguments are lucidly arranged, and if at times his analyses of the causes of estrangement seem to lack a sense of realism and to neglect certain psychological aspects of the situation, they are none the less sober and worth study. His book lacks the literary graces which some other recent writers on Irish affairs have achieved, but it is a workmanlike and well documented performance which should not be ignored.