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The Men of No Property

By (author) Jim Smyth
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Gill, Dublin, Ireland
Imprint: Gill & Macmillan Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1992
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0717119912
ISBN-13: 9780717119912
Barcode No: 9780717119912
This is a study of the popular dimensions of Irish radicalism in the age of the French revolution. It focuses on the lower-class secret society, the Defenders, which diverged from the older patterns of rural unrest associated with the Whiteboys, by developing political aspirations. This book also looks at the more familiar face of radicalism in this period, the Society of United Irishmen, at their role in the Catholic Committee and at their uneasy relationship with Defenderism. Particular attention is paid to the vigorous traditions of street protest in 18th century Dublin, the "second city" of the British empire. The picture which merges is of a revolutionary movement which was both more radical in its rhetoric and objectives and more popular in its social base than has previously been allowed.

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