Soldiers of liberty : a study of Fenianism 1858 -1908 / Eva Ó Cathaoir.
By: Ó Cathaoir, Eva.Publisher: Dublin : The Lilliput Press, 2018Description: xx, 564 pages : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781843517139; 1843517132; 9781843517528; 1843517523.Subject(s): Fenians -- History | Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901 | Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1901-1910 | Ireland -- History -- Autonomy and independence movementsDDC classification: 941.508
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-458) and index.
In the Shadow of the Famine: The Birth of Fenianism, 1845-60 -- Bold Fenian Men, 1861-5 -- The Irish People, 1863-5 -- Arrests and Dissensions, 1864-6 -- Fenian Infiltration of the Armed Forces, 1864-78 -- Two Attempted Invasions and a Prelude to Insurrection, 1866 -- The Rising: 'a counsel of despair', 1867-8 -- Incarceration of the Leaders, 1865-8 -- Suffering in a great and noble cause, 1867-75 -- Resurgence and Decline, 1868-78 -- Dynamiters, Land Leaguers and the Rise of Parnell, 1878-84 -- Lives of the Informers, 1859-1908 -- Towards an Alternative Reality, 1884-1908 -- Appendix I. B Biographies of Munster and Kilkenny Fenians -- Appendix II. Fenian Casualties, 1865-92 -- Appendix III. Fenian-inspired Monuments in Ireland and Manchester, 1868-1902
Based on extensive archival research, this fascinating monograph rescues from obscurity the lives of over a thousand Fenians following the sesquicentennial year of 2017. Fenianism railed against the depopulation of a post-Famine Ireland, asserting the rights of ordinary people in defiance of the British Empire, then often supported by the emergent Catholic middle class. As a tenacious conspiracy, represented in these islands by the Irish Republican Brotherhood, Fenianism propagated an independent, egalitarian republic through travelling organizers and radical newspapers, inspired by the ideals of Theobald Wolfe Tone. Soldiers of Liberty traces the secret organization throughout Ireland, Britain, North America and Australasia, highlighting the contribution of Fenian women and the often tragic lives of committed activists, while revealing the hitherto-unknown fate of ubiquitous informers enlisted by Dublin Castle.