The Church, the State and the Fenian Threat 1861–75

  • Oliver P. Rafferty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 160-229

About this book


This book examines the mechanisms of the Irish revolutionary Fenian Brotherhood in the early years of its existence. Drawing on a wide range of material from places as diverse as Rome and Toronto it seeks to set the Fenian struggle within the context of competing church and state influence in mid-nineteenth century Irish society. It is particularly strong on the transatlantic comparative dimensions of church, state and Fenian activity, and demonstrates how the Fenians managed to change, forever, the terms of Irish political and social debate.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Oliver P. Rafferty
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  1. 1.Campion HallOxfordUK

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