Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion

Easter The Irish Rebellion Now with a new preface for the centenary of the Easter Rising a compelling interpretation of the rebellion that launched Ireland into a new world Before Easter Dublin had been a city much like a

  • Title: Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion
  • Author: Charles Townshend
  • ISBN: 9780141982472
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now with a new preface for the centenary of the Easter Rising, a compelling interpretation of the rebellion that launched Ireland into a new world Before Easter 1916 Dublin had been a city much like any other British city, comparable to Bristol or Liverpool and part of a complex, deep rooted British world Many of Dublin s inhabitants wanted to weaken or terminate London Now with a new preface for the centenary of the Easter Rising, a compelling interpretation of the rebellion that launched Ireland into a new world Before Easter 1916 Dublin had been a city much like any other British city, comparable to Bristol or Liverpool and part of a complex, deep rooted British world Many of Dublin s inhabitants wanted to weaken or terminate London s rule but there remained a vast and conflicting range of visions of that future far immediate was the unfolding disaster of the First World War that had put home rule issues on ice for the duration The devastating events of that Easter changed everything Both the rising itself and even significantly the ferocious British response ended any sense at all that Dublin could be anything other than the capital of an independent country, as an entire nation turned away in revulsion from the British artillery and executions As we approach the 90th anniversary of the rebellion it is time for a new account of what really happened over those fateful few days What did the rebels actually hope to achieve What did the British think they were doing And how were the events really interpreted by ordinary people across Ireland Vivid, authoritative and gripping, Easter 1916 is a major work.

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    1. nhwvejournal/601659ml[return][return]I guess most people reading this will at least be aware of what I was brought up to call the Easter Rising (Townshend prefers "rebellion", for reasons which are well argued), most memorably portrayed in the opening section of Neil Jordan's film about Michael Collins (where you may remember that Dev has mysteriously been transported to the GPO from the other side of the river, and the building appears to face south rather than east). A few hundred rebels seize [...]

    2. The approach of the Centenary of 1916 should ensure a fresh batch of writings on the Rising, but I doubt few will come close to being as thoroughly well-researched as Townsend's account. Townsend's 1916 is a definitive, well-documented and impartial account of the rising which cuts through the myth to deliver a factual telling of the events of Easter week 1916, while avoiding any temptation towards revisionism.The book deals extensively with the events that led to the rising - the radicalization [...]

    3. The first two chapters of this history of the Easter uprising offer a background to the event, and introduce so many names and characters it’s quite head-spinning. I wanted one of those lists you get in Tolstoy novels to keep everyone straight. However once we’ve moved onto the rebellion itself, despite the chaos on the ground (neither the plans for the Irish or the British have survived to help any twenty-first century historian, indeed the British may not even have had a written plan) then [...]

    4. The amount of work that went into this book was considerable and may have been even more daunting in light of the fact that the events of Easter 1916 seem to have fallen in and out of favor among those involved and those looking back. Coming into this with a limited background in Irish history, I appreciated the early chapters in particular as they provided important background and helped clarify somewhat the origins of the different individuals and groups involved or not involved. The middle ch [...]

    5. Wow, I actually understand that whole Catholic - Protestant thing now. I had no idea that Ireland was so oppressed by the English for CENTURIES. While I was reading about the establishment of English schools and taking Irish children away from their families in an attempt to destroy language, culture and religion, I could not help but think of what happened to the Native folks of this country.

    6. Not a bad book about the events lead up to, during and after the Easter rising in 1916 in Dublin. Some of the people that were supposed to have been the heroes do not come out so well and some of the lesser characters shine in the history telling.

    7. The Easter Uprising killed more civilians than it did nationalist participants or British troops and allied police elements. It failed in its objectives until the British executed its primary leaders and came down heavy-handedly on those sympathetic to it. The ideological background to the rising is well but ploddingly done, as is the description of the long-range consequences. The rising itself is described interestingly and with some fire.

    8. Excellent account of the formation of Republican politics from the mid-19th Century to 1916, as well as the British and Ulster Unionist elements that played a significant role in shaping the "Republican" response to the British in 1916. Townshend leaves no stones unturned and has produced and eminently readable account of the clash between British Power, Irish Nationalism, and Ulster intransigence that manifest itself in the 1916 Rising.

    9. My interest in this time period in Irish history was initiated by my fascination with WWI and WWII. How Great Britain won the wars but forever lost its empire and its place as a great power. It turns out that Easter 1916 and its importance is still a debatable issue - suffice to say a tragedy for all - not unusual for for the people of the Emerald Isle. Very well researched, could have been better bringing to life the key players. Worth the effort to read

    10. I found this a rather uneven book. The quality of Townshend's analysis of Dublin's cultural and political turmoil prior to the rebellion is matched by his examination of the impact of the uprising in the immediate and longer term. Was it a necessary failure to keep alive the spirit of independence? Did the heavy-handed British response do more to foster Irish nationalism than the rebellion itself? These questions are dealt with critically and with wide-ranging reference to contemporary sources a [...]

    11. Some of us read this with one of the groups here and had a discussion. We did not however discuss the book, we discussed the rising and our interpretations of the history. The book added little to anyone's knowledge and failed to influence anyone's opinions.Perhaps it is naive to think it might, but it means I can't give it more than three stars. The author has done plenty of research, talked to people, drawn on archives, etc. from all sides, his book is detailed and as impartial as it is possib [...]

    12. This book was heavy. I struggled to keep up with the book. I love how much information is given, but I dislike the manner in which it is given. The book doesn't follow chronological order - the first few chapters cover 1880s-1900s. The next few chapters discuss the weeks leading up to the Rising - and yet every couple of paragraphs, the author will go off on a tangent about a random person's actions in 1902. It was very hard to keep a timeline straight without keeping notes. Aside from the heavi [...]

    13. As an enthusiastic reader of modern Irish history and as someone who grew up with the typical nationalist and idealised view of the 1916, I did approach this book with some trepidation as it had been seen as very critical of the Rising and it's leaders. However the authors arguments and approach are both reasonable and I think very balanced. There is no doubt that this book shows that you can respect the bravery and ideals of the rebels while highlighting their mistakes, some of which are very o [...]

    14. A serious, sober look at an event which, even now, is seldom discussed either seriously or soberly. It suffers a little, I think, from having greater clarity on the British actions than those of the Volunteers and Citizen Army. Still, here and in other books, Townshend has written about the military aspects of this period of Irish history better than anyone, and this is probably the best introduction to the Easter Rising.

    15. A balanced analysis of the Easter uprising in 1916 Dublin. What I found most interesting is the unfailingly inept handling of the event by Great Britain. Summarily executing the ring leaders lead to the explosive growth of Sinn Fein. Even more ludicrous and damaging was the idea that introducing conscription of Irish men into the trenches of WWI would be a constructive step. It's disheartening to see how frequently powerful nations bungle foreign policy.

    16. An outstanding history of the Rising, managing to be somewhat sympathetic to the rebels, while uncompromisingly critical of them. He seems particularly interested in the wider political and social causes and ramifications, rather than individual stories from the Rising (though they are present to some extent as well). A frank, honest critique of the rebels and the British actions alike (and he is particularly interested in the post-Rising mistakes made by British authorities).

    17. This was such a great summary of the Easter 1916 Rebellion. I highly recommend it to anybody who is at all interested in this period of Irish History & Politics or European History & Politics. The Irish case is an interesting juxtaposition to all of the other revolution that took place during or just after World War I.

    18. Some words are hard to take in because one knows that they are true. Good insight to life during the rising, well worth a read as an introduction to the period, but lacks real bias, which is either a good thing or a bad thing.

    19. An exceptionally well-researched, compellingly written, insightful account of Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916 that ended quickly and tragically for the insurgents but had long-lasting repercussions.

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