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

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

by Brian Jenkins
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773534261
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Pages:
439
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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Table of Contents

1 The Liberal State and Irish Nationalism 3

2 The Liberal State Responds to Fenianism 31

3 Invasion and Insurgency 61

4 The Struggle Transferred to Britain 92

5 The Rule of Law: Murderers and Martyrs 118

6 Fear of Terror 147

7 The Quality of Justice 179

8 The Efficacy of Violence 209

9 Politics and Political Prisoners 233

10 The Policy of Conciliation 260

11 Mission Failure 286

12 End of the Beginning 326

Abbreviations 345

Notes 347

Index 427

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