Who's Afraid of the Easter Rising? 1916-2016

Who s Afraid of the Easter Rising One hundred years ago Easter Irish revolutionaries rose against the British Empire proclaiming a Republic from the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin The men and women of the Easter Ris

  • Title: Who's Afraid of the Easter Rising? 1916-2016
  • Author: James Heartfield
  • ISBN: 9781782798873
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • One hundred years ago, Easter 1916, Irish revolutionaries rose against the British Empire proclaiming a Republic from the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin The men and women of the Easter Rising were defeated by the overwhelming force of the British Army, in five days of intense fighting Their leaders were executed But the Easter Rising lit a fire that ended wiOne hundred years ago, Easter 1916, Irish revolutionaries rose against the British Empire proclaiming a Republic from the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin The men and women of the Easter Rising were defeated by the overwhelming force of the British Army, in five days of intense fighting Their leaders were executed But the Easter Rising lit a fire that ended with the whole country turning against Westminster s rule, and founding a nation.But today, the heirs to the Irish state are embarrassed about 1916 They are ashamed that their state owes its origins to a revolution Along with academics and other commentators in the press and on television they dismiss the Rising as the work of violent fanatics, and the defeat of constitutional politics.Who s Afraid of the Easter Rising explains why today s Dublin elite are recoiling from the origins of their state in a popular struggle Where the critics paint the Rising as an armed conspiracy, we explain that it was in fact a revolt against war not a militaristic upsurge, but the first challenge to the awful slaughter of the First World War.The Statesmen of Europe sacrificed millions upon the altar of war Their recruiting sergeants in Ireland, Edward Carson and John Redmond sent 200,000 Irishmen into the slaughter and nearly 50,000 were killed The Easter Rising drew a halt to British recruitment, and the blow to the Empire was the first crack in a growing revolt against the war, followed by the Russian Revolution in 1917, and the German revolution the following year which ended the conflict.The Easter Rising was an inspiration to those who were challenging the Empires of Europe, from India to Vietnam, from New Zealand to Moscow it was an inspiration to British activists like John Maclean and Sylvia Pankhurst and it was an inspiration to the Irish men and women who rose up against British rule to free their nation.

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    1. I bought this book a few weeks ago with the intention to read it over the easter weekend. This I did, but I also took with me on a day trip to Dublin a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting the Irish Government. I showed it to the woman charged with overseeing the Government's commemorations - we were meeting on other matters. She glanced the back cover and said two words - not true! And it is that which struck me so much about this book. Just what is history, and how much of it is true or fac [...]

    2. This is a good overview of the puzzling agony felt by government and media elites in Ireland when it comes to the commemoration of the founding event of their state, which took place 100 years ago this week. Surveying the waves of pro-Unionist revisionism in academia and journalism since the elaborate, chest-thumping commemorations of 1966, the book explains why so many of the criticisms of Easter 1916 are based on flawed assumptions rooted more in their advocates' political ideology than in his [...]

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