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1798: The Year Of Liberty (original 1969; edition 1997)

by Thomas Pakenham

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Member:JJPCIII
Title:1798: The Year Of Liberty
Authors:Thomas Pakenham
Info:Weidenfeld & Nicholson (1997), Edition: 2Rev Ed, Hardcover, 352 pages
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The Year of Liberty: History of the Great Irish Rebellion of 1798 by Thomas Pakenham (1969)

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This does not deserve its reputation. Though well-written a cursory look at primary sources reveals that it is a superficial study, which suffices only as an introduction to 1798 in Ireland.
  JJPCIII | Dec 21, 2012 |
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For Val as always and in memory of three friends who inspired this book: John Vaizey, Angus MacIntyre and Karl Leyser
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Preface -- The rebellion of 1798 is the most violent and tragic event in Irish history between the Jacobite wars and the Great Famine.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0349112525, Paperback)

This classic account of the great Irish rebellion of 1798 remains the only full-scale history of that tragic event. As relevant today as it was when first published in 1969, THE YEAR OF LIBERTY is now reissued with the addition of a chronology and a glossary of terms. In May 1798 a hundred thousand peasants rose against the British government in Ireland. By the time the revolt had been put down four months later, thirty thousand dead were literally rotting in heaps in a smoking and desolate countryside. Yet it was not a schoolroom story of the heroic oppressed rising against the brutal oppressor, but the result of a complex, tragic, often absurd and sometimes heroic interplay between different groups of people. A tough and arrogant oligarchy of country gentlemen, mainly Protestant and mainly British in origin, lived off a Catholic peasantry. Meanwhile, idealistic merchants and hot-headed young lawyers dreamed and plotted for an Irish Republic on the French model. From a mass of sources including confidential government reports, contemporary newspapers, poems, broadsheets and letters, the author pieces together a story at once complex, tragic, absurd and heroic.

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