The Fenians in Context
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The Fenians in Context

Irish Politics and Society 1848–82

About the Book

The Fenian movement is synonymous with Irish revolutionary nationalism at home and abroad, especially in Irish-America. In 1867 the Fenians made an unsuccessful attempt at a Rising in Ireland — the 150th anniversary of which occurs in 2017. The ramifications of the movement would endure in political and social life and insurrectionary endeavour down to 1916 and beyond.

The Fenians in context, first published in 1985, with a second edition in 1998, transformed the understanding of the movement by relating it firmly to the social and political milieu of post-famine Ireland, including the greatly intensified contact with America. Fenians in context remains ‘the major study of Fenianism’ (Princeton History of Ireland, 2016).

About the Author

R.V. Comerford
R.V. Comerford

Richard Vincent Comerford (1945) is a graduate of the National University of Ireland at Maynooth and of Trinity College Dublin. He is professor emeritus of Modern History at NUI Maynooth.

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