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William Maume: United Irishman and informer in two hemispheres

Durey, M. (2003) William Maume: United Irishman and informer in two hemispheres. Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 18 . pp. 118-140.

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Radical and revolutionary movements in Ireland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are reputed to have been riddled with spies and informers. Their persistent influence helped to distract attention from other causes of failure. Weaknesses within movements, such as internecine strife among leaders, poorly-conceived strategies and exaggerated estimates of popular support, could be hidden behind an interpretation of events which placed responsibility for failure on a contingency that was normally beyond rebel control. In some respects, therefore, it was in the interests of Irish leaders, and sympathetic later commentators, to exaggerate the influence of spies and informers...

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society
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