An account of the events, personalities and repercussions of the Irish rebellion The Easter Rising began at 12 noon, 24 April, 1916 and lasted for six short but bloody days, resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians, the destruction of many parts of Dublin, and the true beginning of Irish independence. The 1916 Rising was born out of the Conservative and Unionist parties' illegal defiance of the democratically expressed wish of the Irish electorate for Home Rule; and of confusion, mishap and disorganisation, compounded by a split within the Volunteer leadership. Tim Pat Coogan introduces the major players, themes and outcomes of a drama that would profoundly affect twentieth-century Irish history.
Not only is this the story of a turning point in Ireland's struggle for freedom, but also a testament to the men and women of courage and conviction who were prepared to give their lives for what they believed was right.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages, 16
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 03/03/2005
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780753818527
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Review by CSL
This is a small, but adequate overview of the Easter Rising during the First World War in Dublin. Coogan doesn't do anything too outlandish in this volume, giving the standard chronological treatment while at the same time expanding on some issues that gave the book more depth that might have otherwise been the case - Coogan makes some attempt for instance to link the rising with the idea of a "blood sacrifice" that Patrick Pearse was so adament about (although Pearse came across as very, very out of it when it came to the rising itself) and giving it a firmer basis in the larger scope of Irish history as far back as Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet which I wasn't expected. My major beef with the book then was its complete lack of chapters from start to finish there is no break whatsoever which really hindered the book and its ability to make a better analysis of the events.