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The United Irishmen, Rebellion and the Act of Union, 1798–1803 (Paperback)

Politics P&S History Social History Ireland

Edited by John Gibney
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Irish Perspectives
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781526751454
Published: 30th June 2019

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The 1790s is one of the most critical decades in the history of modern Ireland. The decade witnessed the birth of the modern ideology of separatist Irish republicanism, the creation of the Orange Order, and the greatest bloodletting in modern Irish history in the form of the 1798 rebellion. In the aftermath of the rebellion came the Act of Union that brought Ireland into the United Kingdom for the next 121 years, and the smaller rebellion of Robert Emmet, possibly one of the most famous – and, to later generations, inspirational – of Irish republicans.

Now, in the second instalment of the collaboration between Pen and Sword and History Ireland magazine, some of the world’s leading experts on the 1790s explore the origins, nature and aftermath of the decade from a range of perspectives: from the individuals involved and their international links, to the events of the rebellion and the responses of the government, to the manoeuvres that led to the Act of Union, this volume explore the motives, actions and legacies of the republicans, loyalists, and propagandists who shaped one of the most important decades in Ireland’s modern history.

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About John Gibney

John Gibney is a historian attached to the Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Project. He is a long-time contributor to History Ireland and is the author of A short history of Ireland, 1500-2000 (Yale University Press, 2018).

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