The Rising

The Rising : Easter 1916

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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 how did it achieve this? What role did people from ordinary backgrounds play in the making of the Irish revolution and what motivated them to take part in it? What did the rebels think they could achieve? And what kind of a republic were they fighting for? 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 - a story now told for the first time. To do this, 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 activities of members of Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, Cumann na mBan, and the Irish Volunteers at the time of the Rising. This collection represents one of the richest and most comprehensivshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 396 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 40mm | 739.35g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 21 black and white plates, map
  • 0192801864
  • 9780192801869
  • 666,940

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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 * He seamlessly weaves together these richly evocative witnesses with current historiography and narrative. * America Magazine * The novelty of the book lies in its perspective. * America * 'The Rising' is rich with tales of the acts of ordinary Dubliners. * The Boston Globe * McGarry offers a poignant mosaic of idealism, bravery, and humanity. * The Boston Globe * 'The Rising' offers invaluable insights into the insurrection from ground level. * The Boston Globe * A vivid and compelling narrative that explores the thoughts, fears, and motivations of the revolutionaries in this seminal event. * The Boston Globe *show more

About Fearghal McGarry

Fearghal McGarry is currently Senior Lecturer in History at Queen's University, Belfast. Previously he was Lecturer in Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin, and Government of Ireland Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is the author of a number of books on Irish history in the twentieth century, including Frank Ryan (2002), Irish Politics and the Spanish Civil War (1999), and most recently Eoin O'Duffy: A Self-Made Hero (2005), also published by Oxford University more

Table of contents

1. The Rising Generation: Separatism in Ireland ; 2. Arms in Irish hands: Volunteering ; 3. The Soul of the Nation: War ; 4. Walking on Air: The Rising in Dublin ; 5. Glorious Forever: The Fall of the Republic ; 6. Charlie Weston, Are you Gone Mad? The Rising in Provincial Ireland ; 7. A Good End: Punishment ; 8. The Beginning of Ireland: Aftermathshow more

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