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By Dermot Keogh, Gabriel Doherty

ISBN-10: 1856355454

ISBN-13: 9781856355452

Creation via Garret Fitzgerald. This booklet seeks to interpret the occasions of Easter Week 1916 because the relevant defining occasion of a 'long revolution' in Irish historical past. The origins of the lengthy revolution lie within the moment 1/2 the 19th century, and its legacy continues to be being performed out within the first years of the twenty-first century. stated specialists on particular issues search to discover the layered household and foreign, political, felony and ethical features of this uniquely influential and debatable occasion. participants are: Rory O' Dwyer, Michael Wheatley, Brendan O'Shea and Gerry White, D.G. Boyce, Francis M. Carroll, Rosemary Cullen Owens, Jerome aan de Wiel, Adrian Hardiman, Keith Jeffery, Mary McAleese, Owen McGee, Seamus Murphy and Brian P. Murphy.

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Irish nationalism, from the start, was a multilateral enterprise, attempting to escape the dominance of a single class and, in our case a largely foreign class, into a wider world. Those who think of Irish nationalists as narrow miss, for example, the membership many of them had of a universal church which brought them into contact with a vastly wider segment of the world than that open to even the most travelled imperial English gentleman. Many of the leaders had experience of the Americas, and in particular of North America with its vibrant attachment to liberty and democracy.

Briefly, in 1892 a military alliance was signed between France and Russia. Owing to naval tensions between Britain and Germany, the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France saw the light in 1904. Eventually, the Anglo-Russian Agreement became a reality in 1907. The latter led to the formation of the so-called Triple Entente countries – Britain, France and Russia. 5 From that moment onwards, the German leaders would try to drive a wedge between their rivals but their efforts were not successful.

A new generation of political leaders had emerged, new men, Edwardians like James Craig and Fred Crawford, who found a militant stand more congenial than had their forebears. The importance of the South African war of 1899–1902, which introduced a spirit of militant patriotism in Great Britain and worked the same spell in Ireland, should not be underestimated. It occasioned the formation of Volunteer forces, comprising civilian soldiers who had not engaged in warfare before 1899. 13 And the early debacles in the campaign against the Boers gave new impetus to the idea of military conscription in the United Kingdom, which was almost unheard of before then.

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