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‘A Nation of Beggars’?Priests, People, and Politics in Famine Ireland, 1846–1852$
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Donal A. Kerr

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207375.001.0001

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The Church: Authority and Revolution

The Church: Authority and Revolution

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(p.122) 5 The Church: Authority and Revolution
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‘A Nation of Beggars’?
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DONAL A. KERR

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207375.003.0005

The revolutionary movement of 1848 has generally been written off as a farcical shambles. 1848 had been an astounding year, full of contrasts and contradictions, not least for the Church. The tight discipline imposed by bishops limited their scope, and the discouraging sequence of events in France and Italy, which Clarendon exploited effectively as counter-revolutionary propaganda, made them draw back. The hopelessness of an ill-prepared insurrection finally made them decide either to stand aloof or to prevent their people from taking part in it. It was a chastening moment for the clergy. For almost 20 years Russell had been maturing a plan to achieve the integration of the Catholic Church into the United Kingdom as a central part of his whole Irish policy. Now, after suppressing the rebellion, the government was in a strong position.

Keywords:   Repeal Association, February revolution, United Kingdom, John Russell, clergy, 1848

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