The study of Ireland in the explosive decade of the 1790s is a growing area in the study of Irish history. Historians generally focus on on the radical and revolutionary United Irish movement, popular politics, and the lower-class secret society, the Defenders. This volume of essays explores United Irish propaganda and organisation, and looks at the forces of revolution before and during the 1798 rebellion. It also begins to redress imbalances in the historiography of the period by turning to the face of counter-revolution - examining the crisis in law and order, the role of the magistrates, the strength and weaknesses of the state, and the scope and character of the repression following the rebellion. Other essays consider the short-term and longer-term consequences of these momentous events, including their impact upon the churches, the Act of Union, and the politics of early nineteenth-century America.
• Covers a lively area of historical enquiry, with relevance for both European and Atlantic contexts by discussing the 'Age of Revolution' • Offers a series of fresh and original perspectives on the state and the aftermath of the 1798 rebellion • Includes the work of many of the most outstanding scholars working on eighteenth-century Ireland, principally from Ireland and the United States
Introduction; 1. The 1798 rebellion in its eighteenth-century contexts Jim Smith; 2. The politics of crisis and rebellion, 1792–8 Louis Cullen; 3. The magistracy and counter-revolution in Ulster, 1795–8 Nancy J. Curtin; 4. The shift in United Irish leadership from Belfast to Dublin, 1796–8 Tommy Graham; 5. The Belfast laugh: the context and significance of United Irish satires Mary Helen Thuente; 6. Class, religion and rebellion: Wexford in 1798 Daniel Gahan; 7. Endgame: the treatment of defeated rebels and 'suffering loyalists' after the 1798 rebellion Thomas Bartlett; 8. Marquess Cornwallis and the fate of Irish rebel prisoners in the aftermath of the 1798 rebellion Michael Durey; 9. The act of union and 'public opinion' Jim Smyth; 10. Radicals and reactionaries: portraits of the late 1790s in Ireland Fintan Cullen; 11. Irish Christianity and revolution David W. Miller; 12. Republicanism and radical memory: the O'Connors, O'Carolan and the United Irishmen Luke Gibbons.
Review of the hardback: 'This is a book to be highly recommended to students new to the field and also one which has much to say that will be of interest to those already familiar with it.' History
Review of the hardback: '… this collection deserves to be recognised as one of the scholarly contributions to the subject.' Irish Historical Studies
Review of the hardback: 'These essays … bring new aspects to light, do not denigrate the protagonists and will stimulate further study.' NW Labour History Journal