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Ribbon Societies in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and its DiasporaThe Persistence of Tradition$
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Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941350

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941350.001.0001

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Introduction: Defining and Refining Ribbonism

Introduction: Defining and Refining Ribbonism

(p.1) Introduction: Defining and Refining Ribbonism
Ribbon Societies in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and its Diaspora

Kyle Hughes

Donald M. MacRaild


The introduction provides an overview of the phenomenon that was Ribbonism, teasing out its roots in the 1798 Rising and charting its progress from clandestine Catholic self-defence association to open political association. It does this within the framework of an assessment of the slippery meaning and varied historiography of Ribbonism and its associated organisations.

Keywords:   Real Ribbonism, Generic Ribbonism, inherited Ribbonism, Catholic, Secret societies, Traditions

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