Unmanageable Revolutionaries

Unmanageable Revolutionaries : Women and Irish Nationalism

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This book describes how Irish women have always played a key role in the struggle for independence. The author depicts the role women have played in the 'Irish struggle' from 1881 to the present day, particularly in the crucial post 1916 period, and in so doing underlines the irony whereby 'fellow' nationalists, despite their common struggle, remained factionalised. The author focuses on three pivotal Irish nationalist women's organisations - the Ladies Land League, Inghinidhe na hEireann and Cumann na mBan - and shows how, despite the inherent differences between the three movements, a salient theme emerges, namely the underwhelming extent to which Irish women have been recognised as a driving force in Irish political history.

Since Mary Robinson's election as president, however, a new agenda had been set in Irish politics. Irish women politicians are acquiring the profile they deserve - a trend most clearly marked by the 'feminisation' of Sinn Fein. As the Irish political climate changes almost daily, Margaret Ward's Unmanagable Revolutionaries should, therefore, be read not only as a study of past neglect, but also as a celebration and endorsement of emerging recognition of the role of women in Irish politics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.56mm | 417.3g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745310842
  • 9780745310848
  • 1,208,572

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Describing women's fight for Ireland's independence from 1881 to the present day, Unmanageable Revolutionaries focuses on three Irish nationalist women's organisations - the Ladies Land League, Inghinidhe na hEireann and the Cumann na mBan. Although all three are very different, a common theme emerges - that women have never been seen as an independent force in Irish political history. Mobilised in times of crisis, they have been consistently excluded from positions of influence. This, despite minor concessions, remains true today. Now reissued with a new introduction, Unmanageable Revolutionaries remains a classic study of the role of the women's movement in modern Irish history.
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Table of contents


New Introduction

1. The Ladies Land League, 1881-82

2. Inghinidhe na hEireann, 1900-14

3. Cumann na mBan, 1914-16

4. Cumann na mBan, 1916-21

5. Cumann na mBan, 1921-23

6. Cumann na mBan, 1924-40

7. Conclusion


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Review quote

'A real contribution to understanding revolutionary Ireland and, even more importantly, to our understanding of feminism as an aid to arriving at historical truth' -- Times Literary Supplement
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About Margaret Ward

Margaret Ward is a Research Fellow in History at the Bath College of Higher Education.
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