Portland State University. Department of History
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in History
W. E. (William Ewart) Gladstone (1809-1898), Church of Ireland -- Establishment and disestablishment, Fenians, Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901
1 online resource (149 p.)
In early 1868 William E. Gladstone presented several bills in Parliament to disestablish the Church of Ireland. Prior to 1868 Gladstone had stated his opposition to the official connection between the Church of Ireland and the State. Gladstone, however, had also claimed that he was not in favor of immediate action and instead advocated restraint in attacking the Church of Ireland. The 1860's also saw the rise of the Fenian organization. The Fenians were dedicated to the overthrow of English rule in Ireland and the establishment of an Irish republic. The role that the Fenians played in convincing Gladstone to disestablish the Irish church has received varying interpretations from historians; yet no attempt has been made to look closely at the issue.
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Lanxon, Robert Emmett, "The politics of disestablishment : Gladstone and the Fenians" (1987). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3717.