The Rising (New Edition): Ireland: Easter 1916 (Paperback)

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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 divide historians 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 the political 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 seminal period.

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 the Rising's revolutionary aftermath, which in time saw the creation of the independent state we see today.

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 2016 centenary commemorations in both Ireland and the UK within the wider context of the 'Decade of Centenaries.'

About the Author


Fearghal McGarry, Reader in Modern Irish History, Queen's University Belfast 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 (Cork University Press, 1999), Eoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made Hero (OUP, 2005), and The Abbey Rebels of 1916: A Lost Revolution (Gill & Macmillan, 2015). H also edited Rebels (Penguin Ireland, 2011), a collection of first-hand testimony by revolutionary veterans.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780198732358
ISBN-10: 019873235X
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English