We live in an age of terrorism and like to think that the United Kingdom is a reasonably peaceful place, largely untroubled by the atrocities committed by foreign fanatics.
Clive Bloom’s new book tells for the first time the full story of attempts to set up a British Republic.
Colourful and revealing, it throws light on the links between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh republicanism and shows how the anti-terror state was born not in 2001 but in the 1790s.
Contrary to popular belief we too have a hidden tradition of terrorism that official history has chosen to ignore.
Since the 1790s, almost 23,000 British subjects have fought and died on British soil for the ideals of revolutionary republicanism.
Campaigns have included:
three bloody civil wars in Ireland
the bombing campaigns by the IRA in British cities
two Welsh uprisings
one Lowland Scottish civil war
one crofter’s rebellion
one uprising in Derbyshire and another in Kent
five attempts to assassinate the entire cabinet and seize London
numerous attempts to murder the royal family
an almost continuous history of terrorism from the Fenians of the
1860’s to the Tartan Army of the 1970’s
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