Author of article on Ireland in Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911 Edn.), being the last edition printed in Britain and the one that James Joyce consulted.
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Leon Ó Bróin, The Stopford Connection (1985),
writes: Robert Dunlop, who reviewed Alice Stopford Greens The Making of Ireland and Its Undoing in the Quarterly Review,
questioned Mrs Greens adequacy and trustworthiness as a historian.
To this hurtful indictment she replied spiritedly in The Nineteenth
Century and After, and included the reply subsequently in The Old
Irish World. The difference between Mr Dunlop and herself, she said,
lay deeper than any question of her merits and demerits. It was the old
conflict between tradition and enquiry, and by tradition she meant how
writers had hitherto tended to deal with the story of Irelands past.
Dunlop had dogmatically summed up the [accepted] belief about Ireland
in his contribution to the ODNB, and Cambridge Modern History, and
elsewhere ... beginning with his allegation that two-thirds at least of
the inhabitants of Ireland had led a wild and half-nomadic existence,
that outside the Pale there was nothing worthy to be called a Church,
that while it was perhaps going to far to say that the Irish had relapsed
into a state of heathenism, the tradition of Christian belief had become
a lifeless, useless thing. He asserted that she had no judgement and less
candour, and that in the use of documents she had produced a mass of mischievous