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The Fenian Problem: Insurgency and Terrorism in a Liberal State, 1858-1874 (Hardback)
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The Fenian Problem: Insurgency and Terrorism in a Liberal State, 1858-1874 (Hardback)

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Hardback 456 Pages / Published: 01/02/2009
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Dramatic and tragic rescues of arrested Fenian leaders, the formation of a Fenian squad to engage in assassinations of suspected informers and policemen, the bombing of a London prison that brought death and destruction to a neighbouring street, public executions of several Fenians, the quality of British justice, and the struggle to develop counter-terrorism policies and an effective system of intelligence form the core of The Fenian Problem . Brian Jenkins adds new information to the established narrative of the movement, arguing that it resorted to terrorism in its pursuit of Irish independence. Jenkins discusses both the parallels between the government's treatment of Fenian prisoners in the 1860s and their handling of the IRA in the 1970S and the similarities between the challenges posed by Fenians and those presented by Islamic insurgents, showing that nineteenth-century British and Irish history illuminate contemporary discussions of state security and liberal government responses to terrorism. Brian Jenkins is emeritus professor of history, Bishop's University, and the author of numerous books, including Era of Emancipation and Irish Nationalism and the British State.

Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 9781846311758
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 881 g
Dimensions: 239 x 163 mm


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Jenkins navigates the world of British high politics with confidence ... this is an original piece of work written to a high scholarly standard. -- Peter Hart * Memorial University of Newfoundland *
Brian Jenkins' excellent study recognises parallels between past and present and he draws these out in comparisons of the way in which Fenianism and the IRA stretched the sinews of British liberalism, and justice in their different periods. In developing a thesis that criticises romantic and simplistically sympathetic images of Fenianism, and demonstrates a subtle awareness of the evolution of the state's response, Jenkins' work is both assured and brave. * THE *
The Fenian Problem is rather brilliant and deserves a wide readership on both sides of the Atlantic. -- Matthew Kelly * Journal of British Studies *
Formidably well researched. -- Matthew Kelly * Journal of British Studies *

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