‘Dreams and delusions’: the legacy of 1848

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:
‘Dreams and delusions’: the legacy of 1848

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This chapter examines the considerable legacy of the Nation, Young Ireland and the Irish Confederation. The Fenian Brotherhood, the Home Rule movement, the Land League and the cultural revival of the late nineteenth century all had their roots in the writings or personal involvement of the leaders of the 1848 rising. This extraordinary group of individuals also inspired later generations of male and female radicals and revolutionaries whose prose, poetry, plays and political activities culminated in the Easter Rising. The participants in this rebellion made it clear that they were the latest phase of a revolutionary continuum that had commenced in 1798, resumed in 1848 and 1867, and was completed in 1916. What is apparent when looking at the legacy of the 1848 uprising is that the men and women who played a part in it left an intellectual and ideological legacy that continued to reverberate into the twenty-first century.

Keywords: Nation; Young Ireland; Irish Conferation; 1848; revolution; Easter Rising; rebellion

Chapter.  9414 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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