"The Fenians were dreadful men" : the 1867 rising /

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Author / Creator:Ó Concubhair, Pádraig.
Imprint:Cork : Mercier Press, ©2011.
Description:255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Subject:Fenian Brotherhood -- History.
Fenian Brotherhood.
Fenians -- History.
Ireland -- History -- 1837-1901.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8436320
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-248) and index.
Standard no.:40019561921
Review by Choice Review

O Concubhair (independent scholar) adds little to analysis of the abortive 1867 Irish Rising, and his somewhat amateurish prose is often confusing as to context and sequence. Yet he makes a contribution to Irish studies by publishing extracts from scores of provocative, colorful, and informative documents of the period, found by searching obscure local archives and the provincial press. The book can indeed be described as a document collection with minimal connecting text, supplemented by numerous illustrations from contemporary periodicals. The best narratives of the '67 remain standard works by R. V. Comerford (The Fenian in Context, 1985), Brian Jenkins (The Fenian Problem, 2008), Leon O Broin (Fenian Fever, CH, Sep'72), and others, but this book, focusing on the Rising in the western counties of Kerry and Limerick, offers a brief, readable supplement to them. Appendixes containing annotated lists of Fenians from Kerry and Limerick illustrate both continuity with the 1848 Rising and the broad class appeal of the '67 and the Fenian movement supporting it--aspects often dismissed by historians. Maps of the areas discussed would have been helpful. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. D. M. Cregier University of Prince Edward Island

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