New PDF release: The Church, the State and the Fenian Threat 1861–75

By O. Rafferty

ISBN-10: 0230286585

ISBN-13: 9780230286580

ISBN-10: 1349411841

ISBN-13: 9781349411849

ISBN-10: 9997803337

ISBN-13: 9789997803337

This publication examines the mechanisms of the Irish innovative Fenian Brotherhood within the early years of its life. Drawing on a variety of fabric from locations as assorted as Rome and Toronto it seeks to set the Fenian fight in the context of competing church and nation effect in mid-nineteenth century Irish society. it's fairly powerful at the transatlantic comparative dimensions of church, nation and Fenian job, and demonstrates how the Fenians controlled to alter, perpetually, the phrases of Irish political and social debate.

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Historians have been struck by the incongruity of a supposedly secret organization broadcasting its revolutionary doctrines in this way. 100 However, there are grounds for questioning the appellation 'secret conspiracy' to the Fenian movement by the summer and autumn of 1863. By that stage the IRB's sister organization in America had abandoned all pretence to be clandestine, and its revolutionary designs were well-known in Britain and Ireland.

The distress of these years had less effect on this relatively prosperous group and it was on them that the government tended to focus its attention when rebutting allegations of political neglect of those in penury. This is not to say they escaped the economic hardship of the period. Thus, for example, bank deposits fell from £16 million pounds in 1859 to £13 million in 1863. Crop yields were also depleted. 6 million tons. The lack of potatoes was felt most acutely by the poorest, and hunger was an everyday occurrence.

He further stated his conviction that the government was fully informed of all its operations. ' By then, other Dublin newspapers such as the Evening Packet and the Dublin Evening Post had made similar allegations. The political situation had been further complicated by the 'Trent affair,87 and many observers confidently expected war between Britain and the Union States. This expectation occasioned a meeting in the Round Room of the Rotunda in Dublin on 5 December. Although ostensibly a meeting organized by John Martin, George Henry Moore and suchlike, it was virtually hijacked by the NBSP and the Fenians.

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