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

Author(s): 
Rafferty, Oliver
ISBN: 
0333749626
Date published: 
March 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
248

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.