Abstract

In some obvious ways the republican ideology of the United Irishmen derived from “Enlightenment” thought. Self-consciously “modern” in outlook, their movement was also, however, heterogeneous, drawing political inspiration from varieties of sometimes surprising sources. Wolfe Tone’s “Library”—what we know he read—illustrates that variety, thus complicating any simple assumption of a straightforward causal relationship between enlightened ideas and revolutionary politics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 423-435
Launched on MUSE
2012-03-21
Open Access
No
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