Christine Kinealy

in Repeal and Revolution

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719065163
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702963 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of why has so little been written about Ireland in 1848 and its place in the spectrum of European revolutions. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine 1848 in Ireland in the context of the longer-term development of both nationalist and unionist ideologies in Ireland. In particular, it analyses the emergence of cultural nationalism, which became a powerful force in the late nineteenth century, but which had its intellectual roots in the contributors to the Nation newspaper. Following and developing the model provided by Saville, Ireland in 1848 is placed not only within the Paris and London triangle, but also within its wider British, European and transatlantic contexts. Consequently, a key argument of the book is that, even before the rise of the Fenians, as early as 1848 Irish nationalism was being encouraged and assisted by external supporters. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: Ireland; revolutions; cultural nationalism; nationalism; unionism; Fenians

Chapter.  10333 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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