The Rising (Centenary Edition): Ireland: Easter 1916

Hardcover | February 8, 2016

byFearghal Mcgarry

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The Easter Rising of 1916 not only destroyed much of the centre of Dublin - it changed the course of Irish history. But why did it happen? What was the role of ordinary people in this extraordinary event? What motivated them and what were their aims? These basic questions continue to dividehistorians of modern Ireland. The Rising is the story of Easter 1916 from the perspective of those who made it, focusing on the experiences of rank and file revolutionaries. Fearghal McGarry makes use of a unique source that has only recently seen the light of day - a collection of over 1,700 eye-witness statements detailing thepolitical activities of members of Sinn Fein and militant groups such as the Irish Republican Brotherhood. This collection represents one of the richest and most comprehensive oral history archives devoted to any modern revolution, providing new insights on almost every aspect of this seminalperiod. The Rising shows how people from ordinary backgrounds became politicized and involved in the struggle for Irish independence. McGarry illuminates their motives, concerns, and aspirations, highlighting the importance of the Great War as a catalyst for the uprising. He concludes by exploring theRising's revolutionary aftermath, which in time saw the creation of the independent state we see today. Published to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, this edition includes a new preface which reflects on the continuing importance of the Easter Rising as a symbol of Irish nationhood and which looks at the centenary commemorations in both Ireland and the UK within the wider context of the'Decade of Centenaries.'

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The Easter Rising of 1916 not only destroyed much of the centre of Dublin - it changed the course of Irish history. But why did it happen? What was the role of ordinary people in this extraordinary event? What motivated them and what were their aims? These basic questions continue to dividehistorians of modern Ireland. The Rising is th...

Fearghal McGarry is Senior Lecturer in History at Queen's University, Belfast. He is the author of a number of books on Irish history in the twentieth century, including Irish Politics and the Spanish Civil War (1999), and most recently Eoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made Hero (2005), which is also published by Oxford University Press. More rece...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:February 8, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198732341

ISBN - 13:9780198732341

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Table of Contents

ChronologyEaster 1916 in 2016Introduction1. The Rising Generation: Separatism in Ireland2. Arms in Irish Hands: Volunteering3. The Soul of the Nation: War4. Walking on Air: The Rising in Dublin5. Glorious Forever: The Fall of the Republic6. Charlie Weston, Are you Gone Mad? The Rising in Provincial Ireland7. A Good End: Punishment8. The Beginning of Ireland: AftermathGuide to Further ReadingNotesIndex

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"A very readable, yet historically important book that will appeal to general readers and to experts." --Mary E. Daly, The Irish Times 05/02/2010